Special Cherry Blossom Live Cam from Matsumoto Castle

April 7th, 2009 by
Category: Information, Seasonal Topics

Cherry Blossom Live CamYesterday, April 6th, the Matsumoto City Office officially announced that the cherry blossoms have started blooming.
Besides, a special “Cherry Blossom Live Camera” page have started broadcasting, featured by  Matsumoto citizens’ voluneer website project “Matsumoto Welcomes You!”.
We collaborated with a Suwa-based company who developed a high-resolution live camera system and installed it at the north road of Matsumoto Castle – giving Internet surfers a good view of the cherry blossoms. The Castle park will be lit up, so you can enjoy sakura images even at night (April 7-16 from 6pm-10pm).
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Earliest Wildflower to Bloom, Fukujuso

February 19th, 2009 by
Category: Events, Seasonal Topics

fukuj0921Fukujuso (Far East Amur adonis) is the earliest wildflower to bloom in Nagano area. It’s a sign that the long winter is coming to an end, and that spring is just around the corner. So, I feel happy 🙂 when I see the flowers for the first time in a year.
Last Saturday, I found fukujuso already blooming in a neighboring rice field. Normally, it starts blooming at the end of February or the beginning of March in my town. However, probably because of the global warming, it was very warm in the last weekend and it started blooming.
In Matsumoto, Shiga Fukujuso Festival will be held on March 7th – 28th.

Shiga Fukujuso Festival website is here (Japanese, not English)