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Cherry Blossom Report 2009

This is the official cherry blossom report for 2009. Please visit also our guide to cherry blossoms for more general information and forecasts.

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2009/04/08 - Yoshino Report

by schauwecker

April 8, 2009 - full bloom

Yoshinoyama (Mount Yoshino) is Japan's most celebrated cherry blossom spot, an important center of mountain worship and a UNESCO world heritage site. The mountain is covered by approximately 30,000 cherry trees.

Warm and sunny weather has caused cherry trees to explode into full bloom in many places across Japan in recent days. Also in Yoshino, where blossoms were only just opening three days ago, cherry trees have developed considerably.

In the mountain's lower and middle areas (Shimo Senbon and Naka Senbon), full bloom has been reached, and blizzards of falling petals (hanafubuki) already occur here and there. In the upper area (Kami Senbon), many trees are also in full bloom already, except a considerable number of cherry trees of a different variety, which are still in buds and only just about to open.

The majority of cherry trees on Yoshinoyama are Yamazakura rather than the elsewhere predominant Somei Yoshino. Yamazakura are the native, wild cherry tress of Japan. They have fewer and slightly smaller blossoms than the cultivated Somei Yoshino, and they develop their copper colored leaves at the same time as their blossoms, giving the trees a less intense appearance.

Yoshinoyama - Panoramic view from the Hanayagura View Point
Yoshinoyama - Picnickers in the lower area (Shimo Senbon)
Yoshinoyama - Yamazakura blossoms in the lower area (Shimo Senbon)
Yoshinoyama - Somei Yoshino blossoms in the lower area (Shimo Senbon)
Yoshinoyama - Crowds in the lower area (Shimo Senbon)
Yoshinoyama - Picnickers in the middle area (Naka Senbon)
Yoshinoyama - Yamazakura blossoms in the middle area (Naka Senbon)
Yoshinoyama - View of Kinpusenji Temple in the middle area (Naka Senbon)
Yoshinoyama - Trees in the upper area (Kami Senbon)
Yoshinoyama - Fewer crowds in the upper area (Kami Senbon)
Yoshinoyama - Yamazakura blossoms in the upper area (Kami Senbon)
Yoshinoyama - Unidentified buds in the upper area (Kami Senbon)

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List of Posts:
2009/04/16 - Fuji Five Lakes Report
2009/04/15 - Osaka Report
2009/04/15 - Kyoto Report
2009/04/14 - Himeji Report
2009/04/14 - Kobe Report
2009/04/13 - Nagano Report
2009/04/13 - Kanazawa Report
2009/04/12 - Kyoto Report
2009/04/10 - Tokyo Report
2009/04/09 - Nagoya Report
2009/04/08 - Kamakura Report
2009/04/08 - Yoshino Report
2009/04/07 - Kyoto Report
2009/04/06 - Tokyo Report
2009/04/06 - Osaka Report
2009/04/05 - Yoshino Report
2009/04/04 - Kyoto Report
2009/04/03 - Nara Report
2009/04/03 - Yokohama Report
2009/04/02 - Tokyo Report
2009/04/02 - Kobe Report
2009/04/01 - Kyoto Report
2009/03/31 - Tokyo Report
2009/03/31 - Himeji Report
2009/03/30 - Nagoya Report
2009/03/30 - Kyoto Report
2009/03/29 - Tokyo Report
2009/03/29 - Hiroshima Report
2009/03/28 - Miyajima Report
2009/03/27 - Kagoshima Report
2009/03/26 - Tokyo Report
2009/03/26 - Nagasaki Report
2009/03/25 - Kyoto Report
2009/03/25 - Kagoshima Report
2009/03/24 - Kumamoto Report
2009/03/23 - Fukuoka Report