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18 April, 2012

Cherry Blossom in Kyoto 2012


Cherry Blossom in Kyoto 2012 is my picture of the week. I took this picture when I was visiting Japan in February and apparently, it was an early bloom for some of the Sakura Trees here in Kyoto. Usually the full blossoming season for the Cherry Blossoms are in April throughout Japan. I guess I was fortunate enough to catch this beautiful flowers when some of the trees here were in the early stages of blooming. This was also taken at the Chion-in Temple in Kyoto, Japan. Below is a series of Cherry Blossom Photos which I took. Update: I was informed that this is in fact a Pink Plum Blossom flower.

Cherry Blossom Trees in Kyoto on an early bloom

Pink Plum Blossom blooming in Kyoto

Apparently there are over one hundred cherry tree varieties found throughout Japan. A few of them are wild varieties native to Japan's forests, such as the Yamazakura, but the large majority of them have been cultivated by humans over the centuries for decorative use in gardens and parks. By far the most popular cherry tree variety today is the particularly pretty, cultivated Somei Yoshino (White/Pale Pink).

There are several characteristics differentiating the many cherry tree varieties. Among the many yaezakura varieties, the Kanzan (Pinkish) is one of the most numerous. One Kanzan blossom consists of as many as 30-50 pink petals while the fresh leaves are coppery brown. If you want to experience seeing these beautiful flowers, you should plan well ahead and follow the schedules of blooming for next year. Just for your information, I flew to Japan with AirAsiaX via Haneda Airport in Tokyo and took a Bullet Train to Kyoto. Good luck and hope you liked my pictures of the Cherry Blossom in Kyoto 2012.
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15 comments:

Yee Ling said... 18 April 2012 15:15

Simply beautiful!

Jesse said... 18 April 2012 15:17

It's actually one of the things I like about in Japan. Cherry Blossom festivals makes out a romantic and even a paradise like ambiance with those pink flowers coloring most parks in Kyoto.

Meitzeu said... 18 April 2012 19:29

Another kind of cherry blossoms shown here despite of other bloggers had shown. :)

David Jr said... 19 April 2012 05:51

Thanks all. I agree that this is one of mother natures way of telling us to appreciate the simple things in life.

Meitzeu - Which ones were shown?

ciaRaysabeL p said... 19 April 2012 10:39

Beautiful! I've always wanted to visit Japan and see this for myself. :)

Cabin Rental said... 19 April 2012 18:14

Cherry blossoms in Kyoto is a view that leave you speechless. That is something that should be experienced at least once in a lifetime cause it is really unparalleled!

Simple Person said... 20 April 2012 01:08

I been to jpn for so many times but I never c cherry blossom b4.... Sigh..

David Jr said... 20 April 2012 12:06

ciaRaysabeL - It's really beautiful, plan for 2013!

Simple Person - Now AirAsiaX flies to Haneda and Kyoto so it's affordable. Try for 2013 :)

Gladys | ByahengBarok.com said... 20 April 2012 19:45

love your third photo the most! my friends and i also scheduled our trip to South Korea to see the cherry blossoms. unfortunately, spring came a lit bit too late. still, we were fortunate to see a street lined up with cherry blossoms before we left Busan. hopefully, when our Japan plans push through on April next year, we will be able to see these.

hcvvorld of Travels and Photography said... 20 April 2012 20:54

beautiful as always but this is actually not cherry blossom..it's plum blossom..I also thought that it was cherry blossom :D but anyway it's also 'blossom'.. :D TFS

Clay Telecom said... 26 April 2012 15:59

The pink flowers are so beautiful.
What are they called?

Melody Co said... 28 April 2012 00:51
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Melody Co said... 28 April 2012 00:53

those two cherry blossom trees were worth the climb and walking all the way back to the original exit (getting lost..), right?! hahahaha.

David Jr said... 28 April 2012 02:36

Melody, yes, it was well worth the trip huh? I wish we had more time to explore the other temples there :)

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