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Cherry Blossoms Cannot Be Replaced

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This chapter relates the author's experiences when she and her husband decided to go cherry-blossom viewing at Hirosaki and Kakunodate in the northeastern part of Japan during the consecutive holidays that take place at the beginning of May. One type of tree known as Somei Yoshino, the most popular kind of cherry tree, is a hundred and twenty years old, the oldest in Japan. The usual life-span of a cherry tree is fifty or sixty years, yet this ancient one has as many blossoms in bloom as any of the younger ones. The cherry trees in the park were originally donated by the citizens of Hirosaki about a century ago, towards the end of the Meiji Period, and now number more than 2,600. In Kakunodate, the cherry blossoms were also in full bloom, forming a blossom tunnel extending for two thousand metres along the banks of the Ekinai-gawa river.

Keywords: cherry blossoms; Ekinai-gawa river; Hirosaki; Kakunodate; Meiji Period; Somei Yoshino



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