Archive for April 18th, 2012

by / on April 18, 2012 at 9:56 PM / in Cherry Blossoms, Ide-cho, Local Gems, Matsuri-Festival

Sakura on The Banks of the Tama River!

There are around 500 cherry trees, which are illuminated at night, on the bank of the Tama River. Under the trees, many festival booths organized by various groups stand side by side and attract many people. The Sakura is in full bloom here and perhaps will last another week. This Sakura spot has a light up. It’s on the JR […]

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by / on April 18, 2012 at 4:47 PM / in Cherry Blossoms, Chushojima, Local Gems, Matsuri-Festival

Cherry Blossoms in Chushojima, Kyoto!

This is near the Kyo-Bashi bridge in Fushimi and this River (Uji River) was constructed in 1594. Toyotomi Hideyoshi built the inland river port and modified the Uji River to enable transportation of building materials. Today you can get a ride on these pleasure boats called in olden times Sanjikkoku and enjoy a splendid view of the cherry blossoms that […]

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by / on April 18, 2012 at 11:41 AM / in Cherry Blossoms, Matsuri-Festival

Emperor Kazan’s Favorite Sakura Garden!

Near Kinkaku-ji, the gorgeous cherry blossoms at this modest shrine (Hirano jinjya) have been the focus of an annual spring festival since 985. The pale pink petals contrast with vermilion lanterns lining the lanes of this Heian-style complex. The shrine was brought here from Nagaoka, the country’s capital after Nara and before Kyoto. There are 45 different species of 500 […]

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by / on April 18, 2012 at 11:20 AM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Famous Birthdays Today: 1969 – Princess Sayako of Japan!

Sayako Kuroda, born 18 April 1969), formerly Princess Sayako of Japan, is the third child and only daughter of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan. She held the childhood appellation “Nori no miya” (Princess Nori). She married Yoshiki Kuroda on 15 November 2005. As a result, she gave up her imperial title and left the Japanese Imperial Family, as […]

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