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Mar 23, 2013

桜 Sakura

今年も桜の季節がやってきました。
でも私は退院してまだ間がないので、今年は花の名所巡りは断念。(T_T)

Sakura season started so early this year.
But as I'm still recovering from my illness, I can't go to those famous sakura spots. (T_T)

かわりに近所で桜を探して歩いています。
普段は気が付きませんが、実にあちこちに桜の木があるんですね~。

So instead, I'm exploring sakura in my neighborhood.  
Though we don't notice them when they are not in bloom, we have sakura everywhere.  

近所の公園の桜。ご存知ソメイヨシノです。

This is sakura in the nearby park.  It is the most common kind, Somei Yoshino. 

ソメイヨシノは江戸時代末に染井村(現在の豊島区駒込あたり)の植木職人が作った交配種です。その後日本中に広まって、桜と言えばソメイヨシノをさすほどになりました。

Somei Yoshino is a hybrid variety made in the end of Edo period by a group of  gardeners in Somei Village (Komagome, Toshima ward in Tokyo today).
It became so popular that when we say sakura, we are usually referring to this kind.

でも桜の種類は400種あるとも600種あるとも言われています。
私の近所でもいろいろな種類を見つけることができました。

But sakura has so many variety. 
It is said there are more than 400, or some say 600, kinds of sakura in Japan.
Let me show you different kinds of sakura I found in my neighborhood. 


近所の空き地にある桜。

This one stands in a vacant lot not so far from my house. 
きれいなピンク色です。

I like its color.

その下には紫のカーペットのように花大根が咲いています。

I also like the purple carpet underneath.
Hana-daikon

これは農家の片隅にある桜。

This one belongs to a farm house.

白くて小さくて清楚 small, white and pure


近くの神社の桜。

This belongs to a shrine near my house. 

しだれ桜。

This is a weeping sakura.


さて皆さまはどんな桜がお好きですか?

Did you find any favorite sakura? (^^)


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10 comments:

Rurousha said...

Oh my goodness! There's hana-daikon! See what happens when I miss one of your posts? I don't get access to Absolutely Vital Information! Stupid Ru! (>_<)

(I'm preparing for a new semester at university, so I've been a bit busy. Is that a very bad excuse?)

My favourite cherry blossom? Probably kanzan and fugenzo. I like the blossoms with many petals. :)

I hope you'll recover 100% very soon. 気を付けて!

Merry Witch said...

Rurosha,
Thank you for your kind comment.
I'm almost 100 % 元気.(^_^)v

Your favorite is kanzan and fugenzo? You are the sakura expert! This ignorant had to check them on the net to see how they look.
Yes, they ARE pretty.





Minoru Saito said...

こんばんは。ソメイヨシノ発祥の地のすぐ近くに住んでいます。 
 伊藤伊兵衛と言う人が作ったと言われています。彼の墓があるお寺「西福寺」も我が家から徒歩10分位です。
 退院されて良かったですね。

Merry Witch said...

Minoruさま

ありがとうございます。やっぱり元気が何よりですね。\(^o^)/

ソメイヨシノ発祥の地のお近くにお住まいなんですか?伊藤伊兵衛?なんだかおもしろそう。また行ってみたいところがひとつ増えました。

Linda said...

So beautiful!

Merry Witch said...

Linda,
Thank you for leaving a comment. (^^)
We had a nice, warm day today. I enjoyed working in my garden a little bit.




Magia da Inês said...

º° ❤♫°
Olá! Passei para uma visita.
Suas fotografias são magníficas!

Bom domingo!
Boa semana!

°º♡♡♫
°º♡ Beijinhos do Brasil.
º° ♡ ❤♫°

Merry Witch said...

Magia da lnes,
Hi! Thank you for your comment.
You, too, have a good week! \(^o^)/

Tall Gary said...

I haven’t stopped by for a while so I was unhappy to read about your recent hospitalization. You have one more cheerleader here on the sidelines rooting for your quick and full recovery.

My unhappiness has nearly been balanced out now by the happiness I feel at looking at your photos. I think I like the weeping cherry trees. The first one I saw was on the ICU campus. In fact, this might be the same one but it is difficult to tell from the bottom (of two) photos (clickable to enlarge).

Merry Witch said...

Tall Gary,
Thank you for your kind words. I think I'm now fully recovered. I'm going to start my Hiroshige walk again soon. \(^o^)/

I like weeping cherry trees, too. The one on the ICU campus looks very beautiful.