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Cherry Blossom Report 2012
Official cherry blossom reports by japan-guide.com

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2012/04/10 - Hiroshima Report
by sean

Tomorrow is expected to be a rainy day all across Japan, so please prepare your umbrellas if you will be here. Depending on the intensity of the rain, the life span of the cherry blossoms may be shortened, so let's all hope for not too heavy showers.

Today I move west again to check out the cherry blossoms at Hiroshima. Hiroshima had its first open cherry blossoms on April 2, so I am expecting to see cherry trees at their peak.

Peace Memorial Park
April 10, 2012 - Full bloom

The Peace Memorial Park of Hiroshima reminds us of the horrors that war can bring. May peace prevail for eternity.

Some of the best views of cherry trees here are along Motoyasu River surrounding the east side of the park. As expected, today the cherry blossoms were at their peak, with a minority of flowers already shedding petals slightly. I also noticed green leaves starting to grow from some of the branches. These greens will gradually take over the pinks hereafter, but I believe peak period will last for a few more days at least.

Visitors enjoying a stroll
Some leaves are starting to grow
A-Bomb Dome
Cenotaph for the A-Bomb Victims
Motoyasu River

Miyajima
April 10, 2012 - Full bloom

Cherry blossom viewing at Miyajima is like cherry blossom hunting: the cherry trees seem to be always at certain strategic locations, such that it takes a little searching to find that picture-perfect spot. Turn this corner and you would find a nice building with an accompanying cherry tree. Turn that corner and you would find deer resting under the the shade of another. Climb this slope and you might find a great view of the famous floating torii gate. Cross that bridge and you might come across a forest of other trees, with their greens accentuating the pinkish white of a couple of cherry trees.

Today, the cherry trees at Miyajima were at full bloom, and they were beautiful. Miyajima is, afterall, home to Itsukushima Shrine and its torii gate, reputed to be one of Japan's top three scenic places. Some good locations to view cherry blossoms include the Tahoto Pagoda, Senjokaku and Omoto Park. Provided that tomorrow's rain doesn't take too heavy a toll on the flowers, peak period should last till around the weekend.

From a hill at Miyajima
Close up of cherry blossoms
Tahoto Pagoda
Omoto Park
Famous torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine
Deer looking longingly into a restaurant

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List of Posts:
2012/05/09 - Sapporo Report
2012/05/08 - Hakodate Report
2012/05/07 - Hirosaki Report
2012/04/30 - Hirosaki Report
2012/04/29 - Kakunodate Report
2012/04/28 - Takizakura Report
2012/04/28 - Kitakami Report
2012/04/28 - Aizu Report
2012/04/28 - Hiraizumi Report
2012/04/25 - Mount Fuji Report
2012/04/25 - Sendai Report
2012/04/24 - Fukushima Report
2012/04/18 - Tokyo Report
2012/04/17 - Kyoto Report
2012/04/16 - Yoshino Report
2012/04/15 - Kanazawa Report
2012/04/15 - Tottori Report
2012/04/14 - Kyoto Report
2012/04/14 - Osaka Report
2012/04/14 - Himeji Report
2012/04/13 - Tokyo Report
2012/04/12 - Yokohama Report
2012/04/12 - Kamakura Report
2012/04/11 - Kyoto Report
2012/04/10 - Hiroshima Report
2012/04/09 - Tokyo Report
2012/04/09 - Kyoto Report
2012/04/07 - Osaka Report
2012/04/06 - Tokyo Report
2012/04/06 - Kyoto Report
2012/04/06 - Nagoya Report
2012/04/04 - Fukuoka Report
2012/04/03 - Tokyo Report
2012/04/03 - Kumamoto Report
2012/04/02 - Kagoshima Report
2012/04/01 - Kyoto Report
2012/03/31 - Tokyo Report
2012/03/22 - Tokyo Report
2012/03/15 - Tokyo Report