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2014 Kume Island Sakura Festival

Once again the sakura begin to bloom again on Kume Island. With this year’s surprisingly warm winter weather the very first blossoms arrived on New Year’s day. Now, however, the bright colors of the many cherry trees are at their peak. The island celebrated the cherry blossoms with the annual sakura festival. Normally a two-day event, this year’s festival took place at the Fureai Park instead of the usual location Daruma Mountain. The reason for the change was the growing

2013 Kumejima Sakura Festival

January 26th marked the beginning of the 2013 Kumejima Sakura Festival.  Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) are an important symbol marking the change of seasons in Japan.  As the weather begins to warm, cherry trees sprout beautiful flowers in a range of colors from white to red.   Since Okinawa is so far south, cherry blossoms begin to arrive in January.  They work their way north through April.  During this time, people flock to areas with cherry trees to picnic, drive, and

Kumejima Sakura Festival Photos

I’ve been posting a lot about sakura , but changing with the seasons really is a big part of Japanese culture.  There were so many events last week that its unfortunate the weather didn’t play a better partner.  With clouds and rain it was hard to get too many spectacular shots, but the party still went on.  I performed with a local band Saturday (technical problems led no video of that, sorry!) there was food and a tea garden, plus

Friday Flowers

Here are a few more Sakura pictures I took this week.  Tomorrow marks the start of the Festival events.  I’ll be performing with a brass band on Saturday and singing in the Kareoke contest Sunday.  Wish me luck! What do you think of these photos?

Birds, Bees, and Butterflies

Here are a few of the critters that I saw while on the Ara Forest Path.  The birds are Okinawan White eyes (Mejiro), the bees are, well, doing what they do best, and the butterfly was just a chance encounter.  Enjoy!  More to come on Friday. Oh yea… Welcome to February! Which is your favorite photo?  Drop me a note in comments.

Ara Forest Path

Here is what I learned while making this video: I’m probably not supposed to be an actor. I do much better behind the camera. My pictures? Turned out pretty good right? Film.. eh it was shot on my phone so can’t complain. Narration? Not going to win any awards. Bits of me talking on camera, or using the front facing camera on the phone? Yea, cause those made it in…

Cherry Blossoms

It’s still winter in Japan, but the cherry trees are blooming down in Okinawa. From late January through February and March, cherry blossoms will work their way north as Spring announces its’ arrival.  In most of Japan, the seasons are distinct, and throughout Japan’s long history traditions and beliefs have developed around them. As in many cultures, Spring marks the beginning.  It is when new life begins and all things living begin to thrive again after the long cold winter.