Toranoo Cherry Tree in Aizumisato, April 21, 2018. (会津五桜:会津美里の虎の尾桜 2018年4月21日)

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Today, I visited 3rd one of five Aizu traditional cherry tree series. Toranoo Cherry Tree, as shown above, stood right next to Suzumebayashi Kannon Hall of Hoyoji Temple in northern Aizumisato. The tree was in full bloom with whitish blossoms. The Kannon Hall was a traditional one founded in 720 which was one of Aizu 33 Kannon’s designated as a Japan Heritage. (More information in my blog of 2017)

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A brief description about the cherry tree was found at the site as shown above. It said that the name “Toranoo” which meant “tiger tail” in Japanese came from its distinctive feature of the flower as explained below.

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In the close-up view of the flower above, you can find one of the stamens transformed to something looks like a tiger tail. This was a rare variety.

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In the same precinct of Hoyoji Temple I could find a 3-story pagoda as shown above.

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A description on site as shown above said that the pagoda structure dates back to 1780.

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This morning, I took JR trains from Koriyama to get to the nearest station. I got off at Negishi Station of JR Tadami Line and started to walk toward Hoyoji Temple. It was a pleasant walk through spring countryside along old highway called Aizu-Mahoroba Highway as shown above.

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On the way, I first stopped at Nakata Kannon or Koanji Temple as shown above just 10-minute walk from Negishi Station. The kannon was also one of Aizu 33 Kannon’s designated as Japan Heritage.

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Photo above was goshuin red seal of Nakata Kannon which I received this morning.

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Then I continued to walk until I found a large and old cherry tree in the middle of paddy field of Yonezawa hamlet. The tree was called Yonezawa Chitose-zakura as shown above.

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A description on site shown above said that the tree was 700 years old and the blossoms had been a sign of starting rice farming of the season from old days. Actually, local farmers were fertilizing the field today in preparation for starting rice planting.

After I left today’s last stop at Hoyoji Temple I walked to Aizutakada Station and took JR Tadami Line train back to my home. The total walking distance was 9km.

Lastly, I want to introduce the 4th of Aizugozakura, five traditional cherry trees in Aizu. This is called Ishibe-zakura in Aizuwakamatsu as shown in my blog of 2016. The tree blooms earliest among the five Aizugozakura’s. Meanwhile, the last blossoms among the Aizugozakura’s will be from Oshika-zakura in Inawashiro and the forecast of this season’s blossoms is at the end of this month. I will show you then.

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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