The sakura (cherry blossom) season just ended in Fukuoka and many other places in Japan . This year, the weather was not kind with us at all and the blossom lasted just about a week which is very short. Here's a review of a week under the cherry trees in Fukuoka, from hatching until the end of the season.
It is a well known viewing spot because the temple itself it famous and one of the most popular place in the city but also because the tree is majestic. This is the first time I went just before the full bloom but it was still very pretty. The advantage to come when the flowers are still half open is that we can see pretty shades of pink : a vivid pink for flower buds to a very pale, almost white pink for fully open flowers.
The advantage of these in-town sakura is that it is not crowded at all, there are just some people like me briefly stopping for a picture.
Although I like the full blossom, I also appreciate when the petals fall down : they are dancing in the wind. Moreover, the verb used in Japanese is mai ochiru (舞い落ちる), mai comes from mau (舞う, dancing) and ochiru means falling down. It looks like snow but it is cherry blossoms petals. They cling to the hair, I tried to catch them, it is a very poetic moment. And I love watching children having fun with this pink snow.
This time again, I went to Maizuru Park (舞鶴公園). This really is the best place in town for plum and cherry blossom. I never get tired of the beautiful contrast of pink flowers with the castle walls stones.
To finish the post, enjoy a very brief video of falling petals.