Sakura Blossoms in December

Sakura cherry blossoms in December.

Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to share some photos my wife took. Last week, we attended Sunday Service at the local Buddhist temple, and in the parking lot we noticed these cherry blossoms. I was holding Little Guy, so my wife took these photos.

Sakura cherry blossoms in December.

I didn’t know that cherry blossoms can bloom in winter, but I did a little research and it does happen sometimes. In Japanese this seems to be called either jūgatsu-zakura (十月桜, “October sakura”) or just fuyu-zakura (冬桜, “winter sakura”). However, there is a difference between the two:

  • October Sakura are really just a variety of the Yae-zakura (八重桜) cultivar. They have 5-18 petals typically.
  • Winter Sakura only have the standard 5-petals.

However, even Japanese people sometimes confuse the two. The term fuku-zakura is more general, and is used for both. There are some great tourist spots in Japan for viewing winter sakura, such as in Gunma Prefecture and Saitama Prefecture. In Saitama Prefecture, home of fellow blogger “Cocomino”, they have a lovely park named Jōmine-Kōen. You can see photos here.

Anyhow, there are many varieties of Sakura blossoms and trees. This website (Japanese only, sorry), has a great chart showing the differences between them.

Great photos, honey! 🙂

P.S. Taking a break from talking about politics and/or religion, too. Sometimes it’s nice to blog about other, lighter subjects.

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Author: Doug

A fellow who dwells upon the Pale Blue Dot who spends his days obsessing over things like Buddhism, KPop music, foreign languages, BSD UNIX and science fiction.

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