Anzu no Sato, We’ve Got Blossoms!

April 6th, 2009 by
Category: Events, Outdoor Activities, Seasonal Topics
Apricot Blossoms in Anzu no Sato (Doguchi), April 6, 2009

Apricot Blossoms in Anzu no Sato (Doguchi), April 6, 2009

This is now my third post on the topic, and though I have reported on the coming blossoms, and then the snow, and then, well, maybe some flowers, followed by snow again, I am pleased to say that the apricot blossoms are now looking great and the tourists are coming to the area to enjoy their beauty.

My wife, Tomomi, took the kids up to her mother’s house in Mori today and came back telling me that the apricot blossoms are mankai, or full bloom, in the lower elevations of the valley.  At her mother’s house, which is further up the hill, the blossoms are about half in bloom (go-bu-zaki), while the upper areas are about one-third in bloom (san-bu-zaki).

While there are plenty of nice blossoms to see in the lower valley, the best spots are uphill, around the area of the Uwadaira tembo-dai, or the Uwadaira Viewpoint.  This area has hundreds if not thousands of apricot trees all bunched together, with lots of farm truck roads — both paved and unpaved — that you can walk on.  And on a clear day, you can see the Alps in Hakuba to the west.

Because of the higher elevation here, this coming weekend, April 11-12 will likely be the point at which the upper apricot trees are in full bloom.  If the weather is nice, come on up and see it for yourself.  As cliché as this may sound, the valley in full bloom looks as if someone stroked the treetops with a giant brush of pink.

One Response to “Anzu no Sato, We’ve Got Blossoms!

  1. Robert, Thanks for the update on the apricot blossoms. I feel your pain with trying to predict the blooms. Whenever you have a major event based around a natural event, you often times set yourself up for disappointment. The apricot blossom festival in Mori’s “Anzu no Sato” is Chikuma City’s signature event. I took a couple groups of guests there this morning. To be honest, the sky was a little hazy, and the flowers were only at about 20-30% at the upper end of the valley.
    However, our guests were thrilled by the apricot blossoms (as was I!). Their delicate pinkish white flowers timidly starting to bloom were so beautiful, and the pastoral setting of the valley makes for a delightful scene. “Chikuma City needs to advertise this festival more”, said our guests as they went about taking hundreds of pictures. At the end, they were so grateful for me taking them, they gave me a hug! (They also bought an apricot-flavored ice cream cone! I’m not sure which I enjoyed more.)

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