Apr 27, 2010

Flower Festivals Postponed!

The temperature has been so unexpectedly low this year. The blooming date of cherry blossoms in Kakunodate has been postponed more than once. As of today, the cherry blossoms in Kakundate is expected to be in bloom from the 27th and enjoyed through May 9th or so.

The blossoms are said to last long when the temperature remains low during the germination. This has made the flower festivals in Semboku City last longer too!

New Festival End Dates:
Kakunodate Sakura (Cherry Blossom) Festival --- Though May 9th
Sashimaki Mizubasho (Skuk Cabbages) Colony Festival --- Through May 5th
Nishiki Katakuri (Dogtooth Violet) Colony Festival --- Through May 5th

The end days are being pushed forward, which means you get to enjoy the food stall and performances longer! In fact, the cold weather doesn’t seem to cause only troubles --- except for the extra sweater you need to carry--- the blossoms are enjoyed right in the middle of Golden Week, Japanese week-long holidays!

The weather changes so frequently that you never know what kind of weather you get, so make sure you bring an extra sweater with you!

The pictures below are some quick view on the festival in Sashimaki!

Here we go again! Mizubasho is in full bloom.

The food stand selling various pickled vegetables and wild delicacies! The o-bachan was cute :)

Stage performance of traditional music!

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