Fujioka Hanami

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The first Sunday of April Kenji and I were invited to a whopping three cherry blossom viewing parties (hanami)! Well, the first wasn’t exactly hanami… it was a festival in Shinmachi, where we used to live. The local jietai (self-defense force) base has a cherry blossom festival every year, and also gives demonstration of their equipment, including helicopters and trucks you can actually go sit in. Kenji and I went but since we also had the other parties, only stayed to enjoy the blossoms for a short time.

Then the father of a student invited us, along with a few other friends, to a small party near where he works. I’d never been to the area, and was surprised how many cherry trees there were! Unforutnately, the weather started to turn cloudy, so the pictures aren’t very nice, but I bet on a sunny day it would be beautiful!

And finally, we met Scott and Brandt and their families at our favorite cherry blossom spot in Fujioka, Nanakoshiyama, an old kofun (key-hole shaped burial mound from the Jomon Period of Japanese history) covered in cherry blossoms. It’s a magical time to visit!

Here are the pictures from the day:

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Nanohana around where we parked by the river. It pays to know the back areas!

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Walking along the road to the base

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Lots of people there today

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Helicopters and cherry trees

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Close up!

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Same road from the front and back, I couldn’t decide which view I liked better

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The Inari shrine around where we used to live in Shinmachi

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Fallen flowers… these are due to birds, the little jerks

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Hanami spot 2 as the weather got cloudy

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I’m not sure what flowers these bushes are

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But these daffodils are fun!

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And spot 3 at Nanakoshiyama

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aka “Fairy Tale Land”

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