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

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2012/04/13 - Tokyo Report
by scott

Shinjuku Gyoen

Today I headed down to Tokyo to check out the cherry trees around Shinjuku Gyoen, Ueno Park, and Sumida Park. The cherry blossoms around the capitol reached full bloom about a week ago and since then have been hastened along by warm weather and threatened by strong wind and rain. Unsurprisingly, the cherry blossoms around Tokyo have moved past the peak and are dropping their petals.

Shinjuku Gyoen
April 13, 2012 - petals starting to fall (somei yoshino)
April 13, 2012 - opening (10-50%) (late blooming varieties)

Shinjuku Gyoen was relatively empty today as the peak season for the somei yoshino cherry trees comes to a close. While the trees still retained a lot of their flowers, even the slightest gust of wind would send hundreds of petals into the air like a blizzard. Even so, the trees are still very beautiful, and the petal storms, known as hanafubuki, are an attraction in themselves.

Somei Yoshino trees around the central lawns
The cherry blossoms are losing their petals
Lots of petals littered the ground
Hanafubuki at Shinjuku Gyoen

On the other hand, the late blooming cherry trees around the park are now just opening as the somei yoshino season comes to an end. The yaeshidarezakura and ichiyo varieties looked the furthest along with some trees already approaching full bloom.

The pink blossoms are late blooming Choshuhizakura
Late blooming Yaeshidarezakura (left) and Ichiyo (right)
A Yaeshidarezakura at full bloom
Ichiyo cherry blossoms opening

Ueno Park
April 13, 2012 - petals starting to fall

Ueno Park was also quite a bit emptier today than usual. Although there were still several thousand people around the park, there were far fewer cherry blossom parties (hanami) and it was less crowded than earlier this week during the peak if the season. The cherry blossoms are freely dropping their petals now and the green leaves are becoming more and more noticeable. Unfortunately for the blossoms, it is forecasted to rain all day tomorrow which will likely bring an end to the hanami season around Ueno Park.

Ueno Park
The trees have lost a lot of petals already and the green leaves are showing through
Passing the time until a hanami party
Cherry trees near the southern entrance of the park
Cherry trees around Shinobazu Pond

Sumida Park
April 13, 2012 - petals starting to fall

The cherry trees around Sumida Park in Asakusa were at a similar state to those around Shinjuku Gyoen and Ueno Park. Many of the trees still have blossoms but they are freely giving up their petals to the wind. The blossoms are in a fragile state and tomorrow's rain may end the season along the Sumida River.

Tokyo Sky Tree seen from Sumida Park
The blossoms are losing their petals
It was quite a bit less crowded than on Monday
A couple enjoys a rickshaw ride under the blossoms

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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