Top 3 Cherry Trees

Good morning everyone,

Well, so much for my plan to go out for an early run this morning...it's raining and it'll probably keep raining till mid-morning-around 10 or 11. The rest of the day will be cloudy. Tomorrow will be sunny and warm and Thursday will see a chance of rain again. The good news is that the cold weather they were predicting will only last for a day or two. Friday will see a high of 11C and Saturday a high of 13C before the thermometer climbs back up to 16C on Sunday, so the beginning of the long weekend will be cool, but sunny. Do you think any early cherry blossoms will be out by then?

Cherry blossoms, or sakura, are a big deal in Japan every spring when the flower blossoms and people gather to eat and drink themselves silly under the pretty pink petals in hanami or flower-viewing parties. Although these three gigantic sakura trees aren’t really the place for hanami, about 10% of respondents said that they would like to see three of Japan’s biggest cherry blossom trees.

Miharu Takizakura in Fukushima Prefecture is a 1,000 year-old cherry tree that looks like a water fall of cherry blossom petals. About 300,000 people visit the 12 meter-high national treasure every year.

▼Miharu Takizakura

2014.01.10 no. 5 takizakura fukushima top 3

Usuzumizakura in Gifu Prefecture is said to have been planted by Emperor Keitai 1,500 years ago. Its name comes from the light gray, or usuzumi, color the blossoms turn when they fall.

▼Usuzumizakura

2014.01.10 no. 5 usuzumi  gifu top 3


Jindaizakura in Yamanashi Prefecture may be one of Japan’s oldest cherry trees at 2,000 years old and is said to have been planted by Prince Yamatotakeru.

▼Jindaizakura

2014.01.10 no. 5 jindai  yamanashi top 3

Well, those are some pretty impressive trees. I don't know if they are most beautiful cheery blossom trees I've ever seen, but they certainly have their attraction. It's amazing to think of the trees being there for thousands of years and the number of people who have enjoyed seeing them bloom every year dating back to earlier times...

Call me biased, but I would have thought that the 石割桜 in Morioka would have made this list.

morioka ishiwari sakura

Apparently not. In fact, I was surprised to find out that not many people outside of Iwate had even heard of it. Why not? At least it did something worth noting like breaking through a massive rock so it could sprout and bloom those beautiful flowers every year! All the other trees did were survive for a really, really, really long time! Ha ha!

And all of these trees (including my submission) have one major flaw that would keep them off of my personal 'top 3' list. They are all closed off so no one can sit under them to enjoy a beer or sake. That is the ONLY way to really appreciate a cherry blossom tree! ha ha!

Have a great day!

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