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Cherry Blossom Report 2012
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2012/04/11 - Kyoto Report
by sean

It looks set to be a wet day. Weather forecasts have indicated rain nationwide, with many cities likely to see lightning.

I am making my way back to Kyoto to revisit Arashiyama and Maruyama Park, and I wonder how the cherry blossoms there have been faring since I visited them on April 6 and April 9. As I write while on board the shinkansen, the rain and wind outside doesn't seem too strong; this is good news for the petals of the already open cherry blossoms.

Maruyama Park
April 11, 2012 - Full bloom

"My toes are wet", was the thought on my mind at the time when I arrived at Maruyama Park. There were many visitors, albeit not as many as it would be if not for the bad weather. Most festival food stalls were closed; their owners must have read the weather reports.

The cherry blossoms though, are open, and peak has been reached here. Actually, I saw some signs that the rain did take a toll on some of the flowers: some cherry blossoms were missing petals which I found to be on the ground. The rain is forecasted to stop at the end of the day, so hopefully the majority of the blossoms will remain till the weekend at least.

A wet day
These picnic mats will be filled as soon as the rain stops
Blossoms in full bloom
The rain could have caused some petals to drop prematurely
The weeping willow versus the great weeping cherry tree
The entrance to Chion-in Temple is just next to Maruyama Park

Arashiyama
April 11, 2012 - Full bloom

The cherry trees at Arashiyama usually reach peak slightly later than the average in Kyoto, but today I found the trees here to be in full bloom. And I mean full full bloom (sic), as in if I had counted the blossoms one by one, I would have probably obtained a result of 99.5% open. These cherry blossoms look really strong with their petals sturdily attached; they will remain to greet visitors this weekend and possibly beyond.

The cherry blossoms were great and I would have taken so many more pictures if not for the wretched rain which spoiled things on four accounts: 1) It was considerably more difficult to take pictures with one hand holding an umbrella. 2) I had to constantly wipe the camera with the 100% all cotton shirt I was wearing. 3) When I did manage to take a picture, there were as many other umbrellas as cherry blossoms in it. 4) By the time I was done, I was walking through puddles as if they didn't exist because it didn't matter anymore.

Tomorrow should see better weather in Kyoto, so if you are visiting, I am sure you would have a magnificent time taking magnificent pictures.

Togetsukyo Bridge
Cherry trees in full bloom on both banks of the river
Rickshaw pullers waiting for business
On a dry day this bench is hot property as it offers a great view of Togetsukyo Bridge and the river
Nice picture spot
It will probably be crowded here tomorrow

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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