Cherry blossoms cycling in Koriyama, April 8, 2020. (チャリで花見 郡山 2020年4月8日。)

(#Oldest Someiyoshino cherry tree, Koriyama, April 8, 2020. #日本最古 ソメイヨシノ 郡山 4/8/2020)
Today was the best day for cherry blossoms viewing in Koriyama. Cycling around some of the historic places in the town is a good exercise keeping safe distance from other people. Photo above is one of the oldest Someiyoshino variety of cherry trees in Japan. It is located inside Kaiseizan Park and its age is 142 years old making it very rare and oldest for the variety. The figure of the tree with its strong looking trunk and branches makes us feel the history. Even though, the tree makes fantastic bloom as you can see.
太い幹 鮮やかな花 歴史也

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A description board for the old tree was on site as shown above. It says the tree was planted in 1878, and since then a total of 3,900 cherry trees were planted in this area.

Cherry blossoms cycling tour started from Kinto Memorial Hall as shown above. The red and white building in the back was part of the oldest elementary school in Koriyama which was established in 1873.

Photo above shows cherry blossoms in Hayama Park today. The tower in the center is NHK’s radio tower.

The next stop was Koriyama Community Hall built in 1924 as shown above with cherry blossoms.

Photo above shows entrance gate of the former Fukushima Prefectural Junior-High School founded in 1889, which was the origin of the current Asaka High School.

Photo above shows Kaiseikan building which was a headquarter for Asaka Development project in early Meiji era. Emperor Meiji visited here twice in 1876 and 1881.

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Photo above shows Kaisenzan Great Shrine, where part of the deity was moved from Imperial family’s Ise Shrine.

(#Kaiseizan Park, cherry blossoms, Koriyama, April 8, 2020. #開成山公園 桜 郡山 4/8/2020)
Just across a road from the shrine is located Kaiseizan Park. Thousands of cherry trees bloom in this season as you can see in the picture above.

A part of the cherry blossoms can be seen across Isuzu Pond in the park as shown above.

The exact route and locations are shown in the map below. The map can be scaled up and down with a click and scroll.

Gorgeous illumination at Koriyama Station, Dec. 16, 2019. (郡山駅の華麗なイルミネーション 2019年12月16日)

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(Big tree pageant, Koriyama, December 16, 2019. ビッグツリーページェント 郡山 12/16/2019)
Tonight, when I came back from Tadami to JR Koriyama Station, I found a gorgeous light pageant spread across the front square of west exit. Koriyama City’s mascot character, Gakutokun, played a key roll in the center. The design also featured Asaka Development project in the late 1800’s which triggered rapid development of the city. Photo above was a view of main illumination for the center stage which also showed the waterfalls of Asaka canal. The official name for this illumination event is called “Big tree pageant fiesta in Koriyama”. It continues through January 13th, 2020.

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(Big tree pageant, Koriyama, December 16, 2019. ビッグツリーページェント 郡山 12/16/2019)
Some other illuminations are shown in the photos above. Many of them show musical instruments or notes, as Koriyama City declared itself a music capital. All these were seen in the west exit square.


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But even in the east exit side, which was smaller, new illuminations were placed as shown above. Also, along the long sidewalk which extends straight toward the east, there was a long wall of illumination which made pedestrians safer and more excited to walk.

I had a meeting at Tadami Town this morning and on the way back I purchased Junen edible oil which was produced in the town. Photo above shows the Junen oil made at Genkimura, which is agricultural food processing cooperative in the town. Junen means ten years in Japanese and this oil gets people healthier to live another ten years thanks to rich ingredient of alpha-linolenic acid. Junen is also called egoma, which is a kind of Perilla plant. I added this fresh oil to natto beans, tofu, and tomato dressing.

Asaka Canal in harvest season, Koriyama, September 24, 2019. (安積疏水と秋の収穫 2019年9月24日)

(Asaka Canal, Koriyama, September 24, 2019. 安積疏水 三穂田町 郡山 9/24/2019)
This morning I headed to Mihotamachi rice field, located in the outskirt of Koriyama, where a long elevated Asaka Canal waterway runs through the field. Photo above was the picture I took. The canal carries water for growing rice all the way from Lake Inawashiro located in the back of those mountains far away. The rice field turned into golden color and was just before the harvest. The current rich rice field could not exist without the canal development.

黄金色 安積疏水の 恵みなり
山超えて 猪苗代湖の 水運び 安積疏水の 恵み豊かに

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