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Cherry Blossom Report 2011
Official cherry blossom reports by japan-guide.com

This year's cherry blossom season will be overshadowed by the tremendous loss caused by the recent earthquake. However, we believe that the blossoms will serve as symbols of hope and resilience and a source of motivation along Japan's road to recovery. With this in mind, we never hesitated to go ahead with our annual reports in order to inform travelers in Japan and readers across the world about this year's cherry blossom season.

2011 Cherry Blossom Forecast - Schedule of upcoming reports - Post your own report
Popular cherry blossom spots - How to do hanami? - Cherry tree varieties

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2011/04/10 - Matsuyama Report
by schauwecker

Matsuyama from Matsuyama Castle

After a week of cherry blossom reporting from Honshu, I returned to Japan's fourth largest island of Shikoku today, visiting Matsuyama, the capital of Ehime Prefecture where full bloom was announced four days ago.

Dogo Park
April 10, 2011 - full bloom

Dogo Park is a public park in Dogo Onsen, Shikoku's most famous hot spring resort at the outskirts of Matsuyama.

Dogo Park
Full bloom at Dogo Park

Located on the former site of a small hilltop fortress, the park offers many attractive hanami spots and was very busy with people celebrating the blossoms on this beautiful Sunday. Almost every second picnic party was using a small barbecue set, something I have not seen in many other places on my cherry blossom trips so far.

Pleasant park with smoke from the many barbecue parties

The cherry trees in Dogo Park were at full bloom today, and quite a few trees have started to drop petals, causing small petal blizzards (hanafubuki) here and there from time to time. The atmosphere was extraordinarily pleasant.

Extraordinarily pleasant atmosphere at Dogo Park

Matsuyama Castle
April 10, 2011 - full bloom

Matsuyama Castle is one of twelve Japanese castles which have survived the post feudal era without destruction. Among the twelve it is one of my favorites because of its attractive hilltop location in the center of the city and because its main keep is a rarely seen complex with multiple wings and turrets.

Matsuyama Castle
Blossoms at full bloom

The blossoms on the hundreds of cherry trees on the castle grounds were at their best today and should remain beautiful for a few more days to come. The many trees in the castle's main citadel (honmaru) on the flat topped summit of the hill made for a particularly attractive sight in combination with the castle keep.

Hilltop main citadel of Matsuyama Castle viewed from the castle keep's top floor

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List of Posts:
2011/05/09 - Sapporo Report
2011/05/06 - Hakodate Report
2011/05/02 - Kakunodate Report
2011/05/01 - Hirosaki Report
2011/04/29 - Kitakami Report
2011/04/22 - Aizu Report
2011/04/21 - Sendai Report
2011/04/20 - Fujigoko Report
2011/04/19 - Tokyo Report
2011/04/16 - Kyoto Report
2011/04/15 - Osaka Report
2011/04/14 - Tokyo Report
2011/04/14 - Kanazawa Report
2011/04/13 - Yoshino Report
2011/04/12 - Kyoto Report
2011/04/12 - Okayama Report
2011/04/11 - Tokyo Report
2011/04/11 - Takamatsu Report
2011/04/10 - Osaka Report
2011/04/10 - Matsuyama Report
2011/04/09 - Kyoto Report
2011/04/08 - Tokyo Report
2011/04/08 - Yoshino Report
2011/04/07 - Hiroshima Report
2011/04/07 - Iwakuni Report
2011/04/07 - Nagoya Report
2011/04/06 - Kyoto Report
2011/04/05 - Tokyo Report
2011/04/04 - Kyoto Report
2011/04/03 - Fukuoka Report
2011/04/02 - Tokyo Report
2011/04/01 - Kyoto Report
2011/04/01 - Kagoshima Report
2011/03/31 - Kumamoto Report
2011/03/31 - Fukuoka Report
2011/03/30 - Tokyo Report
2011/03/30 - Kochi Report
2011/03/29 - Kyoto Report
2011/03/28 - Himeji Report
2011/03/27 - Tokyo Report