Friday Photo: Cherry Blossoms — Himeji, Japan

I have every intention of going downtown this week and getting a photograph of the cherry blossoms in Washington DC.  I was getting set to get up early, have my gear all ready and head down with tripod in tow and getting some sunrise photos or sunset photos perhaps.  Late days at work, extensive travel planning, and a car accident (my arm is hurting but everyone involved is thankfully mostly ok) sort of derailed a lot of the photo taking.  But I wanted to share at least a cherry blossom photograph for this week.  I didn’t want to post the same photos that I again just took last weekend as I was wondering around mid-day downtown for other reasons, so I picked this photo from a trip through Japan during the cherry blossom time.  This is from Himeji Castle, one of the best known castles and a UNESCO world heritage site.  It is a gorgeous castle that grows out of the stone base underneath it.  During hanami (flower viewing) it is particularly gorgeous as the area around it is covered with sakura (cherry blossoms).  The inside of the castle sadly is not as beautiful as the exterior of it, with much of the interior laying sadly barren.

Sakura -- Himeji Castle -- Himeji, Japan

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Comments

    • AY says

      I wonder if it changed much in those 20 years! It is definitely a different place during cherry blossom season. I hope you make it back to japan soon! The arm is doing much better now…thanks for asking.

  1. says

    i’ve wanted to see the cherry blossoms in japan since i was a kid. i have a feeling that i’ll have to settle for the ones in washington. your photo is gorgeous – i hope i get to see it in person someday.

    sorry to hear about your accident; hope you’re feeling better.
    mina´s last blog post ..sahara sunrise

    • AY says

      There is definitely no comparison with seeing them in Japan. However I can say that DC is definitely a worthwhile place to check them out. There are several cities in the US for sure that have a good set of cherry blossoms (there were a lot in Philadelphia as well too when i lived up there). I would be curious how many cities around the world have a group of cherry trees there.

    • AY says

      Wow, didn’t realize it was cold there right now… When are they expecting the blossoms? Too bad the castle was undergoing major renovations when you were there. If it was the outside that would be disappointing but if it’s just the inside then there really isn’t much inside there on display to see.

    • AY says

      Thanks! Spring and possibly autumn too are like my favorite seasons. I have never been to Utah but I imagine spring there would be very lovely indeed.

    • AY says

      The blossoms are fantastic. It has become my favorite part of spring. I’m so glad to have finally seen them in Washington DC as well, but definitely nothing compares to seeing them in Japan.

    • AY says

      March (generally late march, but sometimes mid-march too) is generally a good time to see the blossoms here in DC. Although everything is so weather dependent, so it’s tough. This year they came earlier than expected so the peak already happened, but at least people coming this weekend will still see great blossoms. It might be quite gone by next weekend depending on the weather.

    • AY says

      Well I just returned from a morning shoot around the tidal basin. The trees around there are still generally pretty good, a few are starting to lose flowers and have green leaves at the edges. Near the Washington monument there are still several really good trees, although some have lost a lot of their flowers. That being said, with more rain expected, and the peak already passed, the flowers probably wont last much longer. Last weekend I was shocked how good the trees were and me w/o good camera equipment at the time.

    • AY says

      It is quite an amazing place and getting to see it when the blossoms were open was a highlight. I’m hoping the arm is back to normal in a few days, not hurting as bad as it was.

    • AY says

      Definitely nothing compares to seeing them in Japan. Although I will have to say it is pretty impressive here in Washington DC with the blossoms. I just got back from trying to catch some blossoms before they are soon gone.

    • AY says

      Thanks Mary. Yeah my arm is feeling better than it was a few days ago. Thanks for the compliment on the photo too. I love japan in the spring. Now I’m definitely loving being here in Washington DC in the spring too. I’m sure in a few weeks though it will be unbearably hot and I’ll wish I was somewhere more spring like again.

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