Recently, my family and I went to go view the cherry blossoms. Like most cities in Japan, Nakatsu has its fair share of cherry trees. Every spring, it’s a tradition among family and friends to gather under the cherry blossoms and have a picnic or drink alcohol.  Due to the unforeseen circumstances, we weren’t able to actually set up a picnic, but we managed to take pictures of the cherry blossoms.  We drove around all over Nakatsu, from Yabakei to Mount. Hachimen in the countryside to Nakatsu castle and Usa (the town next to Nakatsu). We also made an hour and a half trip to Beppu where they had wonderful beds of red tulips to compliment the blooming trees.

As we drove around, one of the most enjoyable things that happened during our trip was to turn a corner and see new splashes of light pink here and there from the cherry blossoms.  It was also amazing to see how many trees were growing wild no matter where we drove.  It seems like every school, and temple had at least one, if not a row of Cherry trees.  But out of the hundreds of trees that we saw, the most beautiful ones that we saw were at the road up Hachimenzan (mountain). Having the trees stacked on up the road vertically instead of on a flat plane really added to the beauty of the cherry blossoms.  It’s hard for me to find the right words, but I would say “magical” is the closest I can get. 

Since Japan spans many latitudes, there are cherry trees blooming for a good amount of the spring if you move throughout the country.  They bloom from Sapporo to Okinawa. In Nakatsu, they were at the peak in the 1st week of April this year.