2012 Kawazu-Zakura (Cherry Blossom)

Today, while on a walk through Mobara Park, a well-known Sakura spot which is listed in Japan’s Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots, we managed to capture the beautiful Kawazu-zakura an early blooming variety of Sakura aka cherry blossom.

The actual intention of the walk was to find out how the Sakura that blooms in April was coming along. However, while there, a kind old lady we bumped into told us there were a few Kawazu-zakura cherry blossom trees up on a hill still in bloom. Not to miss out on Kawazu-zakura, we trudged up a few hundred steps where we were greeted by a few wonderful Kawazu-zakura trees still in bloom:

Kawazu-zakura trees from the top of the steps

Kawazu-zakura trees from the top of the steps

A view of one of the Kawazu-zakura trees

A view of one of the Kawazu-zakura trees

Lush pink blossom of Kawazu-zakura

Lush pink blossom of Kawazu-zakura

The closer view of the blossom reveals the intriguing petals which are a deeper pink near the edges. Look closely at the middle blossom in this picture and you will see it:

Close-up of Kawazu-zakura blossom

Close-up of Kawazu-zakura blossom

And this is the view from under the trees. We climbed quite a few steps to get up here:

View from under the Kawazu-zakura trees

View from under the Kawazu-zakura trees

After coming down from the hill it was off to see how the April blooming Sakura was coming along. Sorry folks, still in bud, so not much to see:

Sakura still in bud 29th March 2012

Sakura still in bud 29th March 2012

But as you can see from the picture the sky was bright blue and it was warm and sunny today. Many more days like today and these buds will be open pretty soon! Hopefully we’ll get a chance to share some images when the Sakura finally does appear…

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