2017/04/04

2017/04/04 - Kumamoto Report

Continuing with my tour of western Japan, I headed to Kumamoto on the west coast of Kyushu. The opening of the first blossoms (kaika) in Kumamoto was announced on April 1. I visited the popular cherry blossom viewing...
2017/03/23

2017/03/23 - Kumamoto Report

Today, I took a trip to another city revered among blossom chasers and traditionally among the country's first cities to see the opening of the cherry blossoms...
2016/03/29

2016/03/29 - Kumamoto Report

After the brief cold spell last week, the temperatures have warmed up considerably this week all across the country and the cherry blossoms are progressing towards reaching their peak. None of the cities have reached...
2015/03/26

2015/03/26 - Kumamoto Report

After yesterday's report in Tokyo where the cherry blossoms were just starting to open, I headed to Kyushu today where the opening of the first blossoms (kaika) in most cities were reported...
2014/04/02

2014/04/02 - Kumamoto Report

For the most of Kyushu, the cherry blossom season had begun slightly earlier this year than the average year, by about three to five days. Following that, continuous...
2014/03/28

2014/03/28 - Kumamoto Report

Today I headed down to Kumamoto to check out the cherry blossoms around the city's popular hanami spots. The blossoms in Kumamoto officially reached full bloom...
2013/03/22

2013/03/22 - Kumamoto Report

Today I stopped by Kumamoto as I made my way south across Kyushu. The blossoms here opened on March 16th, which is a little bit earlier than expected, but not quite as early as those around...
2012/04/03

2012/04/03 - Kumamoto Report

Today we travel to Kumamoto, the city with the famous Kumamoto Castle, one of the most beautiful in Japan. Kumamoto is usually one of the first cities in Japan to reach full bloom. Indeed, the Weather Agency announced...
2011/03/31

2011/03/31 - Kumamoto Report

This year Kumamoto was the first major city to have its cherry blossoms open, about a week and a half ago on March 21st. As predicted, the city is just entering into the ideal period to see the flowers, with this weekend likely to be...