Daily Archives: April 4, 2011

In search of Sakura

Bugbears in bloom: Ume no Hana in Kenrokuen

We’d read that the best times to visit Japan were either in the Spring or Autumn.  DD, reluctant to miss porcini season in the Bay Area, made the decision easier and we selected springtime for hanami, or flower-viewing – when most of the country goes crazy for the beautiful pale pink cherry blossoms that are spread so widely across the entire nation.  We arrived in Osaka to find it a bit chilly and indeed, a bit too early for sakura; buds were still green and tight among the trees we saw…

After a few days in Osaka, we traveled by shinkansen to Takayama, a mountain town in Central Japan known for their well-preserved old town of machiya, or merchant’s houses.

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