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Hanami Weekend

April 25, 2010

Hanami or “flower viewing” is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the beauty of flowers, “flower” in this case almost always meaning sakura (cherry) blossoms or ume (plum blossoms). From mid January to early May, sakura bloom all over Japan. Since Japan is too far from where we are, the kids and I enjoy are own viewing in spring. There are a variety of plum, peach and cherry trees around especially in the street leading to their school.

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I have been taking photos one day at a time to compare the blossoms. One day they were naked, second their light pink and in full bloom the next. I just hope I’d still see them when the petals are on the ground, literally making theย  grounds the street of a thousand blossoms.

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At times I get confused as to which are cherry blossoms and which are peach blossoms (momo). These are white and pink sakuras that almost look like momo because they have lots of petals. The leaves would confirm though that they’re indeed sakura.

For those who wonder, I am not Japanese but Filipino, my husband is Filipino-Singaporean but we are enthusiastsย  of Japanese cuisine, songs, culture, language, basically anything Japanese…(anime, cosplay, manga, comedy, actors, singers…) I’ve never been to Japan but I am in constant contact with friends and relatives there, learning the language slowly, acquiring new recipes ๐Ÿ˜‰ and turning Japanese bit by bit (kidding!).ย  Should we have a chance and the means, we’d live there for the rest of our lives. ๐Ÿ™‚

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The tulips are not to be left behind. They are also in full bloom now, in all colors but I need more time “flower viewing” to capture all. Hopefully this week. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Enjoy the week ahead.

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  1. I love tulips! You’re lucky you have them there in abundance ๐Ÿ™‚ Awesome pictures, Mommy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. we’re the same, frustrated japanese! hahaha! everything japanese fascinates me. btw, love those tulips, and most definitely the sakura! ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. wow!!! you take great shots, Mommy… I am a fan of anything Japanese too… And if only my mom will pay for our tickets to Japan, we’ll definitely be there in no time… hahaha!!!

    My last week’s Pixel Bug Weekend is HERE

  4. Pareho tayo ng entry sa PBW–we also had our hanami last Saturday.Peak bloom na kasi dito sa place namin. I love your shots!! Buhay na buhay ang mga flowers!!
    Punta na kasi kayo dito!!(^0^)/

    Enjoy your week ahead!^_^

  5. Tulips is one of my favorite flowers! I do not get tired of some bloggers posting rows and rows of tulips in the tulips farm.

    Ganda and kuha sa last shot.

    Sarap ang Japanese food.

  6. woo another great photos.. i love them.. i love the way you capture your subject..

    parang you read my mind. itatanong ko sana kung bakit ang galing mo magnihonggo… ANyway, I love everything about Japan too.. pero now ko lang medyo na-aappreciate ang cosplay.. gotta go to AKihabara again to have cosplay sightings lol.. punta kayo dito para makapag-eb din tayo at the same time =)

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