Sunday, April 18, 2010

'Tis The Season To Be Blooming

It's the cherry blossom viewing season, or hanami, in Japan, as the flowers on the cherry trees are in full bloom everywhere.
So I visited Matsumoto Castle yesterday with T to take it all in. The castle is one of four castles designated as national treasures because it has remained its shape on the inside and out, which is understandably a very rare thing.

The cherry trees are planted mostly along the moat. So we took a lovely stride around the castle before we went into the garden and its property.

The flowers are more beautiful than I managed to capture in the photo.

We also went into the castle itself, which was packed with tourists that came just in time for the cherry blossoms. But it was a really nice tour, especially since T is a serious castle freak and knows pretty much everything there is to know about castles and explained every question I had.

It was still a bit chilly to be out all day, but sure was nice walking under the flowers.

Until next time,


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