The past two days have been filled with cherry blossoms (called sakura (桜) in Japanese) and 花見 (hanami; cherry blossom viewing).
These photos are from a few different places; around the outer walls of Nagoya Castle (名古屋城), at Meijo Park (名城公園), and at Tsuruma Park (鶴舞公園).
On our way to the park, we passed by the castle. There were a lot of people out, since it was a lovely day. All along the castle walls are cherry blossoms, and when the wind blows it looks like it’s snowing. We were lucky to have an absolutely beautiful day.
The weather is starting to warm up, which means that spring is just around the corner. As many people know, spring in Japan means sakura (cherry blossoms) and hanami (flower viewing).
I always love the time of year when the cherry blossoms start to show, and everything turns into shades of pink, and white with a spattering of earthy browns and greens. My absolute favourite thing to see is the wind blow the petals around like a soft, pink snow.
So while I enjoy cherry blossom time, I never knew much about that. I decided to rectify that, so here are a few interesting cherry blossom facts.
This past weekend, Nagoya castle was lit up blue at night for diabetes awareness. I had no idea that it was happening, but apparently there was a poster advertising it on the subway. So, Monday night, after nightfall had set, we headed over to take a look around.
We were hoping that the gates would be open and that for the special occasion we could get in, but no such luck. Instead, we took a walk around the entire perimeter of the castle, taking photos along the way. It was a crisp night, but the view was lovely.
On our quest to get into the castle (and constantly finding out we’re locked out), we found a bunch of stray cats. I wish I got a photo of one, it was beautiful! It was completely white, so elegant, but strong looking. It walked like it was a panther. I’m not a big cat fan, but I would have taken that one home in a heartbeat, haha.
Two Mondays ago, it was a perfect, warm, sunny day, and since we hadn’t been on a trip in a while (aside from the water park in September) we decided to take a short day long vacation to Iga, which is in Mie Prefecture.
From Nagoya station it took about 100 minutes by bus, most of which I spent sleeping. For the brief moments I was awake, the scenery was really nice, and I can only imagine that it’ll be beautiful when the leaves start to change into their autumn colours. Upon arriving at the bus stop (which was near the train station), we found the tourist information place to grab a map. The lady was really sweet. And all around the train platform it’s decorated with ninja figures and images.