Cherry Blossoms 2011: Aizu Report (4/22)

Cherry Blossom Report 2011
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This year's cherry blossom season will be overshadowed by the tremendous loss caused by the recent earthquake. However, we believe that the blossoms will serve as symbols of hope and resilience and a source of motivation along Japan's road to recovery. With this in mind, we never hesitated to go ahead with our annual reports in order to inform travelers in Japan and readers across the world about this year's cherry blossom season.

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2011/04/22 - Aizu Report
by schauwecker, scott and francois

We spent the second and last day of our cherry blossom report trip to the southern Tohoku Region in Aizu, a popular tourist destination in Fukushima Prefecture, one hundred kilometers east of the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant.

Tsuruga Castle
April 22, 2011 - just opened (0-10%)

The cherry trees around Tsuruga Castle, the city's most famous hanami spot, were still at an early stage of their flowering season today. A majority of them had only just started to open their blossoms and won't reach full bloom until later next week.

Cherry blossoms start to open around Tsuruga Castle

Cherry blossoms start to open around Tsuruga Castle

A grove of cherry trees seen from the castle's top floor

A secondary aim of our visit was to check on Tsuruga Castle's new look. Time-consuming renovation works to revert the castle's roof tiles back from black to their original red color - a rarity among Japanese castles - were completed last month, and the castle looked better than ever. The earthquake of March 11 caused some cracks in the walls of the newly renovated castle keep, but fortunately the damage was only superficial and has already been fixed.

Tsuruga Castle's new look

The castle's roof tiles were reverted back to their unique red color

The grounds of Tsuruga Castle were quite busy today

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List of Posts:
2011/05/09 - Sapporo Report
2011/05/06 - Hakodate Report
2011/05/02 - Kakunodate Report
2011/05/01 - Hirosaki Report
2011/04/29 - Kitakami Report
2011/04/22 - Aizu Report
2011/04/21 - Sendai Report
2011/04/20 - Fujigoko Report
2011/04/19 - Tokyo Report
2011/04/16 - Kyoto Report
2011/04/15 - Osaka Report
2011/04/14 - Tokyo Report
2011/04/14 - Kanazawa Report
2011/04/13 - Yoshino Report
2011/04/12 - Kyoto Report
2011/04/12 - Okayama Report
2011/04/11 - Tokyo Report
2011/04/11 - Takamatsu Report
2011/04/10 - Osaka Report
2011/04/10 - Matsuyama Report
2011/04/09 - Kyoto Report
2011/04/08 - Tokyo Report
2011/04/08 - Yoshino Report
2011/04/07 - Hiroshima Report
2011/04/07 - Iwakuni Report
2011/04/07 - Nagoya Report
2011/04/06 - Kyoto Report
2011/04/05 - Tokyo Report
2011/04/04 - Kyoto Report
2011/04/03 - Fukuoka Report
2011/04/02 - Tokyo Report
2011/04/01 - Kyoto Report
2011/04/01 - Kagoshima Report
2011/03/31 - Kumamoto Report
2011/03/31 - Fukuoka Report
2011/03/30 - Tokyo Report
2011/03/30 - Kochi Report
2011/03/29 - Kyoto Report
2011/03/28 - Himeji Report
2011/03/27 - Tokyo Report

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