The biggest temple in Kamakura
As much as I love sakura blossoms still on the tree, I have a special place in my heart for the ones covering the ground. They remind me of soft pink snow.
Kosoku-ji, a small temple not far from Hasedera, has absolutely fantastic gardens.Even before you get to the gardens, though, there are absolutely fantastic cherry trees - and today, they were pretty much at their peak. I admit to setting this next shot up. Not at first, but I decided that the blossoms that were already … Continue reading Kosoku-ji Blossoms
Today, we finally made it down to Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu, the main shrine in Kamakura. It was actually a good thing it took us so long to make it down, though, as the cherry blossoms weren't quite at 100%. Maybe later this week... They were still pretty spectacular, though. Kamakura isn't really known for sakura—the city's … Continue reading Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Sakura
Slightly out of focus and fuzzy, but dreamy just the same. Whoa! Almost missed a day! Thank goodness for mid-afternoon memory boosts.
Again wi the cherry blossoms... Here they are in individual petals, almost like water dripping off a tree.
Okay, I know I'm posting lots of cherry blossom photos, but I really can't help it. Besides, the season will be over soon. It's pretty much over already, actually. I just need a few more days to get it out of my system. These sakura were snapped from one of the upper floors of Odawara … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Seen From Above
Another cherry blossom photo—I can't help it! They're everywhere! Today, our neighbour took us on a trip to Odawara Castle down the coast. The castle area is famous for all sorts of flowers—cherry, wisteria, iris, hydrangea, etc. Beautiful!
Delicate pinkish white? Check. Soft, gently falling petals? Check. Grown in such quantities that Japan glows in an ethereal, otherworldly beauty? Check. Welllll... It must be cherry blossom season. Cherry blossoms, or sakura in Japanese, are the flowers that the entire country (—>that's roughly 127,000,000 people) waits for—and they only last about a week. But … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Sakura Season