Ume blossoms at Hanamiyama Park, Mar. 19, 2017. (花見山 の 梅 です 2017年3月19日)

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Ume blossom season has started in Fukushima Pref. in March. As the 1st of ume series in this blog, I visited Hanamiyama Park in Fukushima City today. Hanamiyama, often referred to as a “paradise on earth”, usually shows its magnificent beauty during April, when most of the flowering trees such as a variety of cherry trees, flowering peach, magnolia, forsythia, and others bloom altogether. But during March, ume blossoms bloom before that as shown above. The photo shows white ume blossoms with the background of snow-capped Ide Mountains far away. Ume blossoms are a kind of quiet and plain compared to cherry, but they surely tell us that the spring has come.

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Another photo is shown above in which central part of Fukushima City with Mount Shinobu on the right is overlooked from a slope of Mount Hanamiyama.

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Pink ume blossoms can also be seen along the walking trail as shown above.

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Map and flower description boards which stand in the park are shown above. Local flowering tree farmers kept planting their trees on the mountain slope for a long period of time and this created a large flower blooming attraction in the season. The farmers open their land to visitors. The site is 14-minute local bus ride from JR Fukushima Sta. (Shuttle bus service is available during April.)

The exact route and locations are shown in the map below. The map can be scaled up and down with a click and scroll.
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Early spring snow scenery at Tadami, Mar. 4, 2017 (早春の 只見 の 雪景色 2017年3月4日 )

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Today, I had a field class for taking photos at Tadami Town. The class was promoted by Buna (=beech) Center of the town and a photographer Ms. Kajiko Inomata gave us an outdoor lesson near the center. Tadami Town still has a substantial amount of snowfall during early spring of March. Photo above was scenery of Buna Center in the middle with the background of two major mountains nearby: Mount Gamodake (828m) on the left and Mount Shibakura on the right. The former one is called the Matterhorn in Aizu because of its towering shape. Buna Center is located about 20-minute walk from JR Tadami Sta.

Some of other views as of today are shown below. Luckily weather was fine with blue sky during the morning lesson hours.

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Photo above is a view of the Tadami River which flows through the town with the background of Mount Shibakura on the left. The whole town area is designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

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A traffic mirror reflects a clear snow-capped mountain view as shown above.

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Mount Asakusadake (1585m) stands high in the center with its bright white wall.

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Komatsu heavy machines wait for their chances to go to snow removing work as shown above.

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Sunlight makes shadows of trees on a roadside snow slope under a blue sky.

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