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March 03, 2006
Kawazu (Part 1) - The Will of Spring
Filed in: Current Affairs, Japan, Photography

I mentioned in a previous post that I heard there were cherry blossoms somewhere in Japan.

I decided to go find them. I've been couped up in the bitter cold in Tokyo for a week now and needed to get out.

So, I booked a train from the Tokyo area to Kawazu - a small coastal town some 150 miles or so south of Tokyo and directly on the Pacific.

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The train was a special 'Sky View' train that has windows that curve up onto the top portion of the rail car.

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Like rail passage in general in Japan - this was quite comfortable and quiet. The trip would take a little more than two and a half hours.

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After a great ride down this coastal peninsula (pictures from the train weren't very practical because of all the electrical wires everywhere - but it was a beaitful trip down), we arrived in Kawazu and most everyone got off the train. I soon realized that this place was as crowded as Disneyland.

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I've discussed before how passionate the Japanese people are about these blossoms. These pink blossoms are of a different variety than the more white colored blossoms and black trunks that are all over Tokyo. Still, these people came out in droves to drive away the Winter and usher in Spring - with a vengeance.

Kawazu is set in a valley right on the ocean - surrounded by mountains - and a river runs through the center of town. These early blooming trees are peaking this week, so I was fortunate to be able to see the festivities. It's part flea market, part food fair, part tailgate party, part season celebration. What people will do that don't have American football!

I really can understand their passion. Although in this particular town, I was as excited about the ocean front and the confluence of the river into the sea as much as I was the blossoms.

I'll do a series of posts about this little burgh and the right of Spring that is unfolding there this week.

Why do they go? One reason is that they are able to see something like this:

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It's OK. Take deep, slow breaths. I know I didn't give you much warning there.

Stay tuned for a tour of Kawazu. Cherry blossoms in Japan that defy Winter.



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Something tells me that it will require restraints to stop you from climbing to the top of that hill for a different perspective.

It is breathtaking, tho'.

EMCEE: M'lady, how'd you know? :) I did try to climb up the trail but it was closed for maintenance. The construction guys weren't very friendly when I tried to get on it anyway. More about this later. In the end, safe and sound, but unfortunately limited elevation change...

Posted by: Diana at Mar 3, 2006 5:35:37 AM

Gorgeous! The flowering plums are out now here (I'll have pics posted soon), but not the cherries yet. I'm ready for them though!
>^..^<

EMCEE: These are more than a month early for most of Tokyo - the species is different. Can't wait until the blossoms get full swing in the NW as well. Could be a shoot coming up!

Posted by: jan at Mar 3, 2006 8:12:07 PM

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