Sunday, March 21, 2010
Spring has come
It is one of the twenty-four seasons (Solar term) in the old calendar "Shunbun (spring division or center)" on March 21.
As for this, length of Night and Day is the same day.
It is a sign of the full-scale spring in the Far East.
Today is called "Higan", too. It is a Buddhist holiday celebrated in Japan.
It is the day when they give thanks to ancestors. (Anequinoctial week)
Higan means a state of the realization that escaped from worldly desires.
The cherry tree has begun to flower from the south area.
Cherry blossoms flowering map of this year.
The place of a famous cherry blossoms information and etc.
I am very sorry that there is not English version.
It is a very short interval, but let's enjoy the beauty of the cherry tree with all of you.
Japanese three major giants of cherry trees
These three of them are registered as the first natural monument of the country on October 12, 1922.
☆yamataka jinndai "God days" zakura
(Age over 2000 years old)
Hokuto-shi, Yamanashi Prefecture
Height of the tree 13.6m, trunk lap 10.6m.
A giant tree of the maximum grade oldest in Japan.
☆neodani awasumi "light sumi" zakura
(Age over 1500 years old)
Motosu-shi, Gifu Prefecture
Height of the tree 17.2m, trunk lap 9.1m, the spread are East-West 24m, north and south 21m
☆miharu taki "waterfall" zakura
(Age over 1000 years old)
miharu-town, Fukushima Prefecture
Height of the tree 19m, trunk lap 9.5m, spread east and west 22m, north and south 17m