日本での一年間

April 19, 2011

Cherry Blossoms Part 2 – Beginning to Bloom

A couple weeks ago, I posted some pictures of the local cherry blossoms, pre-bloom. These pictures were taken on April 2nd, when the cherry blossoms were just starting to bloom. That would put them in the second category of the yahoo Japan cherry blossom blooming categories or beginning to bloom (sakihajime 咲き始め). (To recap, these are the 7 categories: bud (tsubomi つぼみ), beginning to bloom (sakihajime 咲き始め), half bloomed (gobunsaki 5分咲き), 70 percent bloomed (nanabunsaki 7分咲き), full bloom (mankai 満開), beginning to fall (chirihajime 散り始め), and completely gone (hazakura 葉桜).)

April 2nd and 3rd was initially supposed to be the day of the big cherry blossom festival because it fell during the period that the Japanese Meteorological Agency had predicted that the trees would be in full bloom. The festival didn’t happen that day for 2 reasons: 1) The cherry blossoms weren’t blooming like they thought they would. 2) Out of respect for the earthquake victims. Japan fell into a state of jishuku(自粛), or voluntary restraint, after the earthquake and the general feeling that everyone needs to pull together and cut back seeped into aspects of everyday life all over the country, even in places far removed from the disaster area like my little town in the West.

Looking at the cherry blossom tree path.

You can see how the trees are turning slightly pink.

Not many people were on the path, but even without cherry blossoms, the weather was lovely and some people came to walk along the path anyway, including this family.

Looking at the trees from across the river.

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3 Comments »

  1. I learned something from your post! Didn’t know about the 7 stages of blooming. So would these pics be 咲き始め?

    いいなぁ~、日本の桜… ^_^

    Comment by miki — April 19, 2011 @ 4:59 pm

    • technically, these may still be つぼみ, but if I’m going to write a post for all 7 stages, then I need to fudge it a bit. 😉

      Comment by myyearinjapan — April 21, 2011 @ 2:13 am

  2. […] my previous post, I included some pictures of the cherry blossoms as they were just starting to bloom. Once again, […]

    Pingback by Cherry Blossoms Part 3 – Half Bloom « 日本での一年間 — April 20, 2011 @ 11:46 pm


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