I had an appointment yesterday in Arashiyama, Kyoto, so I decided to take my camera along and get some pictures of the cherry blossoms. It seemed like nearly everyone in Japan had the same idea. Arashimaya was still quite beautiful, though, despite the crowds.
It is March 29, and the cherry trees are blossoming all over the Kansai area–everywhere except in our neck of the woods, north Shiga. It’s still too cold here. Fortunately, the buds should open up in a few days. When they do, I’ll post some photos. Until then, here is a photo of some cherry blossom buds, nearly ready to blossom.