While writing this post the leaves of the cherry blossom trees are already green. The sea of pink petals has fallen down and the contrast with the beautiful blooming trees couldn’t be bigger; piles of dried up brown petals are scattered on the streets instead. Even though we could enjoy the sakura (the Japanese word for cherry blossom) for about a week, that week passes by too quickly. I regret not enjoying them more, not going to a hanami (Cherry blossom viewing party) one more time, not trying to take better photographs, not going to the temple across the street while the tree was blooming… Japanese say that the beauty if the sakura lies in the fact that it blooms so shortly; we should enjoy them in that short time to the fullest, like we should enjoy life to the fullest while it lasts. That’s the beautiful thing of sakura. For me it is a little bit saddening as well, but that’s how it is.
I was so lucky to see the first cherry blossoms bloom on our school trip to Usa shrine and Beppu, known for the natural hot springs. That deserves a separate post, but I want to show the pictures of the sakura here. They were a nice dark pink color in Beppu, while the one tree in Usa shrine was a light pink.
|people picnicking throughout the park and the wheel of my bike 😉|
Maizuru Park / Fukuoka Castle
|Fukuoka Tower in style with Cherry Blossom Display|
|The demonstrate some of the crazy light up colors|
I hope you enjoyed seeing the cherry blossoms! Kyushu is definitely a great place to view them and they bloom bit earlier than in Tokyo and Kyoto, so if you are too early to see the sakura there, you could always try in Kyushu (or even earlier in Okinawa). What is cherry blossom season like in your country? And which of the above places did you like most?