Wednesday, May 7, 2014


Missed it by that much.  
     - Maxwell Smart

My second day of trying to catch sakura (cherry blossoms) in bloom.  My second day of being late by a matter of days.

Today I was in Hirosaki.  A very small city in the northern end of Honshu, Japan's largest island.   Hirosaki is the most popular / famous spot for cherry blossoms in the area.   Its castle grounds boast some 2500 cherry trees.  But like Kakunodate yesterday, most of the blossoms had already fallen, though there were a few trees in bloom.  Some of the trees were recognizable as weeping cherry trees and some trees in bloom were either a different type of cherry tree or were a different type of blossoming tree altogether.  Either way, it was nice to see some full trees and not just trees hanging onto their last full blossoms.

Possibly a different variety of blossoming cherry tree or a different kind of flowering tree altogether.

A few more photos from today can be seen in my Hirosaki Flickr album.