Cherry blossoms at a Shinto shrine

The Meteorological Office announced yesterday that the season’s first tree had started to bloom in Kochi prefecture, Shikoku. It is the earliest ever since records began in 1953.

Actually we have more than 200 kinds of cherry trees in Japan, so if we mention ” the season’s first tree”, it means most common and popular tree, called “Somei Yoshino”. Most of us loves Somei Yoshino very much as color of their flower is pure and faint pink, and they are very lovely. But besides this kind, there are many beautiful cherry trees, and some of them are already nearly in full bloom.

This photo was taken during today’s tour at Ueno. A shinto shrine’s “Torii Gate” is pretty well matched with cherry blossoms!

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