This post is for all my flower and extra hanami pictures I’ve taken this past month! There are a LOT!
A local shrine, right before sakura season really hits:
One day during spring vacation Kenji and I drove around the area to see some of the blossoms. Here are some pictures from that day:
Nanakoshinyama kofun, not quite at full bloom. We grabbed pizza for lunch and ate it in the sun, then checked out the blossoms.
Also on the way back, we stopped at a small shrine with some gorgeous blossoms. It was good timing, as the priest was escorting a guest out, and stopped to talk with us. We were invited inside, and talked with him for over an hour! He also served us some great hibiscus tea called “amacha”, and invited us back for dinner one day.
Walking home from school one day, I stopped at the tiny monument on the main road.
The purple and yellow flowers are starting as well!
April 10th in the morning we took the opportunity to see Nanakoshinyama again in full bloom, before we were to leave with Scott and Naomi for a balloon show in Tochigi (next post!)
The view from our apartment, sakura explosion!
Finally, the end of the season comes with a rain of sakura petals falling and piling up on the ground:
Sakura season is over, and the trees have lost most of their petals. Things are starting to turn bright green, and I wait eagerly for the next flower season… fuji!