Monday, 29 March 2010
Sakura (cherry blossoms) are popping out all over Japan now, I rode around on my (pika-pika brand new!!) bike yesterday and saw they were about 40-50% in bloom. Hopefully by this weekend it will be fully bloomed and I can take LOTS of pictures to share with you here. It's been unbelievably cold in Tokyo for this time of year, we only had 4 degree Celcius this morning (samui!!!) so sakura is blooming very slowly.
Sakura is of course the best attraction of Japan's spring more than anything, but there are other pretty blossoms too which pop out before sakura. Magnolia (mokuren), plum (ume) and peach (momo) blossoms are some of them which are seen in the above photos. To be really honest, I can't really tell the difference between plum and peach, but apparently petals of plum are round while peach has pointy petals.
Just thought I'd share some springy photos before going to the too-much-cherry-blossom-photos show which is soon to begin here!
P.S. Excellent news this morning, that Sejima and Nishizawa of SANAA won the Pritzker Architecture Prise of this year! (see this article on abc news)
Also.... a few new posts here!