Cherry Blossoms 2011: Fujigoko Report (4/20)

Cherry Blossom Report 2011
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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.

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2011/04/20 - Fujigoko Report
by schauwecker

Today I made this year's only cherry blossom report to the Fuji Five Lake region at the northern base of Mount Fuji. At an altitude of around 1000 meters, the trees are typically about two week behind those of nearby Tokyo.

Chureito Pagoda
April 20, 2011 - full bloom

The cherry trees around the Chureito Pagoda have just reached full bloom and were at their best today. The blossoms' fresh and sturdy look suggested that their seasonal beauty will probably be preserved into the upcoming weekend.

Chureito Pagoda

Full bloom

Today's good weather attracted many people - especially photographers - up the steep hill to the pagoda, which offers that intriguing triple combination of Japanese cliches often found on book covers and posters.

The intriguing triple combination

Ubuyagasaki Peninsula
April 20, 2011 - full bloom

The trees along the northeastern shores of Lake Kawaguchiko and around the small Ubuyagasaki Peninsula have also reached full bloom, allowing photographers to take another classic shot of Mount Fuji in combination with the lake and cherry blossoms for several days to come.

The classic shot

Full bloom

Northern Shores of Kawaguchiko
April 20, 2011 - opening (10-50%)

Surprisingly, the trees just a few hundred meters further down the northern shores of Lake Kawaguchiko were still in a considerably less advanced state. Especially the exposed trees lining the waterfront have not reached the 50 percent mark yet and were joined by some plum trees still in bloom. The cherry trees can be expected to reach full bloom here by the weekend.

Cherry trees along the waterfront

Cherry trees along the waterfront

Plum trees still in bloom

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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

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