Wednesday, April 21, 2010

weeping cherry

weeping cherry

A couple of weekends ago, when the cherry blossoms were in full bloom, we went to a small town not too far from where we live to see a well-known weeping cherry tree at the local shrine. It was very tall and quite impressive.

shidarezakura

There are apparently over 100 varieties of cherry trees in Japan.  The weeping cherry, or shidarezakura in Japanese, is one of my favourites, but really I think I love them all!

Do you have any cherry trees near where you are?

11 comments:

  1. Beautiful!

    There is a cherry tree on my street actually that I love to walk past. However, I am taking an unorthodox approach to your Hello Japan challenge this month, which I should be posting this weekend.

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  2. We have lots of cherry trees near here, but I don't think I've ever seen a weeping cherry before - beautiful!

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  3. Weeping cherry trees are my favourite too! They are just so beautiful. I was always on the look out for them when I was in Japan. Your picture is gorgeous.

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  4. Lovely! Sadly there are no cherry trees near me, but at least I get to see yours :P

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  5. Seattle received 1000 cherry trees as a gift from Japan many years ago. There are a large quantity of them on the University of Washington campus and I loved spending time there when they were in bloom. Sadly, many of the trees are starting to die as they are reaching the end of their lifespan (something like 60 or 70 years) so they are hoping to replace most of them with grafts from the original trees. I'm not sure how that's going.

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  6. So beautiful! I'm psyched to say that, now that I live in Japan, there are TONS of cherry trees by me, and when they were in bloom, it was the most amazing thing in the world!

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  7. They kind of have this ancient grace in them, something which to me evokes the image of a sage :)

    I see that you're currently reading Hotel Iris. Having loved The Diving Pool, I'm VERY curious about that book. Anxious to hear your thoughts about it!

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  8. I don't think there are any cherry trees near to where I live. Which is sad, because the pictures are lovely!

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  9. That is so beautiful. Breathtaking. Wish we had cherry trees here.

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  10. Vancouver, as you know, is full of cherry trees. It was really windy the other day and we now have cherry blossom snow-drifts on the sidewalks!

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