Tag Archives: spring

May 21

Tulips and cherry blossoms – Flower Power in Toyama Prefecture, Japan.


April 28

Kyoto at its most beautiful – Cherry blossom season, 2015

April 14

Japan at its finest – Cherry blossom season in Nara.

March 25

Flower Power – Tsubaki Shrine and Suzuka Forest Park, Mie.

Near the mountains in Suzuka, Mie Prefecture, lie two sites of quite different flower power.  The Tsubaki Shrine (椿大神社), whose name means camellia shrine, is one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan, while the Suzuka Forest Park (鈴鹿森園) is a explosion of glorious pink blossoms every March as 200 weeping plum trees herald spring’s […]

February 24

Full of Beans! – Setsubun in Kanazawa

“Demons out! Luck in!” That’s what people across Japan were chanting on February 3 as they hurled roasted soybeans all over the place to celebrate Setsubun (節分).  Setsubun is the first day of spring according to the old lunar calendar in Japan and on it’s the day to make a fresh start and banish any […]

June 25

Cherry blossom avenue, Shinhidaka, Hokkaido.

The spot in Hokkaido to best appreciate the cherry blossoms must certainly be the Nijukken Cherry Tree Avenue (二十間道路桜並木) in Shinhidaka, about three hours by car from Sapporo.  Set in the heart of Japan’s version of Kentucky, you can admire the blossoms surrouned by the season’s new thoroughbred foals. Shinhidaka is thoroughbred breeding central for Japan […]

June 11

Cherry blossoms at Goryokaku Fort in Hakodate, Hokkaido

This five-point star shaped fort was once the sight of a battle in 1869 between the Tokugawa Shogunate and the newly established Meiji Government during the Meiji Restoration. But these day’s its perhaps the most famous place in Hokkaido to see cherry blossoms which peak in the first week of May.  Thousands of trees line the edges […]

May 26

Green escape in Kibune, Kyoto.

A glorious day in the leafy ‘retreat’ that is Kibune (貴船), a small town just north-west of Kyoto (京都).  During the opressive Japanese summer, this town is the choice among Kyoto residents for a cool break away from the heat. Not hard to see or feel why.      

May 15

Peony Festival, Hasedera in Nara


April 24

Spring in the Japanese countryside

Spring comes in a flurry of flowers to the Japanese countryside in the tiny town of Kubota in Mie Prefecture.  

April 12

Cherry blossom bliss – Sakura season 2014

As mid-April approaches, Japan’s famed cherry blossoms are heading towards the end of their beautiful display here in Mie Prefecture.

April 01

Plum Perfection

Plum blossoms at Yuki Shrine (結城神社) in Tsu, Mie Prefecture.

March 28

Pretty in Pink

A local enjoying the plum blossoms, the first and most colourful harbinger of spring here in Japan.

March 12

Spring at the zoo

An early spring trip to Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens (東山動植物園) in Nagoya, Japan.

September 25

Australian interlude – Carnival of Flowers

A selection of blooms from Toowoomba’s Carnival of Flowers, an annual floral festival held in a large country town two hours west of Brisbane in Australia.