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White weeping cherry blossoms
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Rikugien Garden's famous weeping cherry tree. In Japanese, it is called "shidare-sakura" meaning drooping cherry.
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Flowers in bloom in early May
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White plum blossoms, the most common variety, and with the sweetest aroma.
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These photos were taken in late April 2007. (Copyright year in the images are mistaken.)
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Autumn Rose. Moss pink flowers have five petals with notches, looking like miniature cherry blossoms. The flowers are small. オータムローズ
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Close-up of Ichiyo sakura cherry blossoms. "Ichiyo" means "one leaf." You can see that the flower actually has a small green leaf inside. 一葉桜
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Winter-flowering cherry blossoms, Nishi-Arai Daishi, Tokyo 寒桜
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Little Dot are white flowers with a yellow dot at the center. リットルドット
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Nezu Shrine, Tokyo
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McDaniel's Cushion are dark pink flowers. マックダニエルクッション
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Purple Prince
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Weeping cherry tree, Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, Tokyo. 枝垂桜
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Oakington Blue are bluish flowers. オーキントンブルー
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Closeup of white plum blossom
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Closeup of red plum blossom
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Weeping cherry tree, Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, Tokyo. Called "Shidare-sakura" in Japanese meaning cherry tree with drooping branches.
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Japanese dog's tooth violet (katakuri or Erythronium japonicum), Kiyose, Tokyo カタクリ
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Hydrangea
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Yellow plum blossoms
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Hamura Tulip Festival, Tokyo
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Scarlet Flame are red. スカーレットフレーム
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Map of garden
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Scarlet Flame
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Front (or bottom) view of the flower. Japanese dog's tooth violet (katakuri or Erythronium japonicum)
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Japanese dog's tooth violet (katakuri or Erythronium japonicum)
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Daytona with frayed edges
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Tama-no-Nagare have a pink stripe on each petal. 多摩の流れ
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Many exotic varieties of azaleas.
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Dainty ones
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Don Quixote tulip, obviously for lovers. Almost like a rose.
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Weeping cherry tree, Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, Tokyo.
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Large weeping cherry tree しだれ桜
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Sakura tunnel
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Quite spectacular from the top. Nezu Shrine.
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Hamura Tulip Festival, Tokyo
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Weeping plum blossoms at the top of the plum tree "waterfall."
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The combination of Mt. Bukosan and the flowers are almost unlimited. Chichibu, Saitama. 武甲山
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White ornamental peaches (Hanamomo in Japanese) look like cotton on branches. ハナモモ
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White ornamental peaches ハナモモ
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Closeup of "sakura-bai." Very beautiful. 桜梅
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Great relief for the eyes after seeing so much red and pink. Yellow azaleas.
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An awesome sight in Minabe, Wakayama.
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Giant Wisteria at Ashikaga Flower Park in Ashikaga, Tochigi. The trellis is huge and the wisteria strands are long. Super awesome.
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Tunnel of White Wisteria is one of a kind in the world at Ashikaga Flower Park.
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Yellow wisteria at Ashikagae Flower Park.
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White Wisteria Waterfall. 白藤の滝
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White Wisteria Waterfall. 白藤の滝
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Irises at Shobu-numa Park in Adachi, Tokyo.
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Hydrangea and irises at Shobu-numa Park in Adachi, Tokyo.
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Cone-shaped Hydrangea at Gyosen Park Heisei Garden, Edogawa, Tokyo
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Tulips with cherry blossom design with "100" below it for the centennial of Adachi's sakura gift to Washington, DC.
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I love red and white flowers, Japanese symbol of felicitation.
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I love red and white flowers.
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Moss pink
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Reagan Sakura (on the right) is a Somei Yoshino. It was named "Reagan Sakura" by Tokyo Governor Shin'ichi Suzuki in 1982. The cherry tree planted by Mrs. Taft is named "Taft Sakura." It is still alive in Washington, DC
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Bilingual plaque on the monument marking the planting of the Reagan Sakura.
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Fukushima Hanamiyama Park
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Fukushima Hanamiyama Park spring flowers
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Fukushima Hanamiyama Park spring flowers
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Horikiri Iris Garden, Katsushika, Tokyo
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Red, white, and blue ajisai.
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Hydrangea at Hakusan Shrine, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
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Hydrangea at Hakusan Shrine, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
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Plum blossoms at Ikegami Baien Garden, Ota Ward, Tokyo
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Plum blossoms at Ikegami Baien Garden, Ota Ward, Tokyo
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Plum blossoms at Ikegami Baien, Tokyo
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Iris
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Iris
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Iris
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Iris
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Hydrangea
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Hydrangea
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Hydrangea
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Hydrangea
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Hydrangea
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Hydrangea
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Another view from the top of the bridge in the good old days. They don't bloom like this anymore...
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Wisteria at Kameido Tenjin Shrine
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Azaleas also bloom around the same time as wisteria at Kameido Tenjin Shrine. Both flowers symbolize Golden Week which is a string of holidays in late April and early May, serving as spring vacation for many workers.
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Lotus pond at Karasuma Peninsula.
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Lotus at Karasuma Peninsula in Kusatsu.
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Nagisa Park in Moriyama, Shiga has this beautiful field of nano-hana rape blossoms blooming in winter from early-Jan. to mid-March at this lakeside park. なぎさ公園 MAP
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Katsushika Iris Festival at Mizumoto Park in full bloom.
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Plum blossoms, Hokoen Park, Nagahama, Shiga
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Multi-colored cherry blossoms, Shinjuku Gyoen.
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Sobetsu Park and plum blossoms overlooking Lake Toya, Hokkaido.
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Most impressive is the large variety of hydrangea flowers in both bold and subtle colors.
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Hydrangea or ajisai
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Hydrangea at Takahata Fudoson temple, Hino, Tokyo2 comments
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Exotic peonies at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine's Japanese garden.
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Exotic peonies at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine's Japanese garden.
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Red and white peonies.
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Peonies (botan in Japanese).
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I was going to overdose on azalea. Had never seen so much azalea in my life. Tsutsujigaoka Park, Tatebayashi, Gunma.
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Love red and white flowers at Tsutsujigaoka Park, Tatebayashi, Gunma.
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Rose
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These tall rose bushes were most outstanding.
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Rose
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Heart of tulips
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Samegai tulips, Maibara, Shiga
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Yakushi Ike park, Machida, Tokyo.
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Camellia in Yakushi Ike park, Machida, Tokyo.
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Zaiji Hachiman Shrine also has wisteria which bloom in early May. Planted by Todo Kagemori, the founder of the Todo clan in the 14th century.
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