April 8, 2010

Lantern Lights



Cherry blossoms at night look very different. We call it 'Yozakura' in Japanese, which means something like 'Night Cherry Blossoms.' We Japanese love seeing the cherry blossoms lit up at night just as much as we love to party under the blossoms in the daytime.


There are over 800 cherry trees standing alongside the Azuma River and it's all lit up during the cherry blossom season so you can enjoy Yozakura! Seeing the cherry blossoms under the lantern lights is very beautiful and so is the reflection in the river below. So if you're in the area, now is the time to go!

The Yozakura lights will be up until April 14th from 6-11pm.

15 comments:

White Oleander said...

Nice photos :)

Lois said...

I have never seen pictures of the cherry blossoms at night before! They are so pretty!

VP said...

I'll be happy if I only had a cherry tree blossoming nearby! This is a wonderful view, a beautiful and great tradition!

Gunn said...

just BEAUTIFUL!!:-)

Louis la Vache said...

What beautiful images, particularly the first one!

Rob and Mandy said...

Beautiful!

ρομπερτ said...

Magic indeed and an invitation to apply all senses one owns, to be enjoyed. Thank you for sharing. Please have you a wonderful Friday.

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Leif Hagen said...

Some marvelous cherry blossoms by day and by night! Our trees are budding out that much yet!

Al said...

The cherry blossoms must be incredibly beautiful under those lanterns. The photos certainly are.

altadenahiker said...

Oh, this brightens my night.

Tall Gary said...

Floating across Gion
to Kiyomizu
Moon-lit cherry blossoms
Every face I see tonight
Beautiful

—Akiko Yosano
清水へ祇園をよぎる桜月夜こよひ逢ふ人みなうつくしき

Or maybe about your photos, Kaori:

Clouds of pink this night
Along Azuma River
Paper lanterns glow
Shining on cherry blossoms
Petals sparkle in our smiles

mia said...

Oh wow so pretty!!! Especially the one with the lantern! :)

Levinson-Axelrod said...

Very nice shots of the cherry blossoms. The first photo with the lantern is impressive.

Kaori said...

Thank you :-)

Rurousha said...

Four years later, and Ru arrives to say WOW! :) Next year I'll have to return to this little river at night.

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