With all the images of earthquake / tsunami victims on the TV, it is understandable that everyone loses a desire to enjoy a festival. As a result, festivals throughout Japan are being canceled. So what is going to happen to Togura Kamiyamada Onsen / Chikuma City’s banner festival, the Mori ‘Apricot Village’ Apricot Festival?
According to the city’s tourism association, the apricot trees will bloom despite the natural disaster, and people will come and see the blossoms. So if the festival organizers don’t set up a minimum of road signs and parking facilities, there will be chaos. Hence there will be road signs and parking set up, but all festival advertising and things like the evening light-up event will be canceled.
In other words, a non-festive festival.
If you ask me, though, coming to see the ephemeral light pink apricot blossoms will raise people’s spirits. There is something about the scene of the quaint valley of Mori filled with the light pink blossoms of thousands of apricot trees. It will give everyone a desperately needed dose of happiness.
The apricot blossoms are predicted to be in bloom from April 2nd thru April 16th, 2011. And after enjoying the beauty of the apricot blossoms, be sure to stop at Togura Kamiyamada Onsen for a bath!