I posted some photos I have taken during a few trips to Kawazu to see the cherry trees there, which are among the first to blossom each year on Japan's main island of Honshu.
I have been living in Izu for 4 years now, and this is the first time I have been able to see these trees in bloom. Every year up to now, I have been traveling during their peak season. Last year, I was determined to go see them, but the one weekend I had in Izu between business trips and work in Tokyo, the weather was truly awful with typhoon-like winds and heavy rain.
So I was really happy this year to be around and to have some good weather that made for good viewing and photography.
Above: Looking upriver towards the Amagi Mountains,
with blossoming cherry trees lining both sides.
Above: Cherry blossoms in the early morning sunshine.
More photos of the Kawazu cherry trees may be found here.
Spring is really just around the corner. I have a few weeks of travel outside Japan ahead of me, but by the time I get back, the weather will be getting warmer and it will be my favorite time of year.