Another sunny day in Minatomirai, Yokohama

Another sunny day in Minatomirai, Yokohama.  Very artificial and designed landscape. It’s much smart to see if no electric wires above like this.

 

Alley in Seijo Gakuen (成城学園)

I had an appointment with my client in Seijo Gakuen (成城学園) which is one of rich neighborhood area in Tokyo. They have old cherry blossom trees in these kind of typical high-end neighborhood alleys, even have ugly electric wires above as well though.

It’s also typical picture of feel spring coming.

Alley in Seijo Gakuen cherry blossom trees
Alley in Seijo Gakuen cherry blossom trees
Fresh green leaves Katsura tree for the driveway.
Fresh green leaves Katsura tree for the driveway.
Alley in Seijo Gakuen cherry blossom trees
Alley in Seijo Gakuen cherry blossom trees

Spring colors beauty

Well, just took iphone camera on the way to work. Yellow fresh green leaves, pale pink cherry blossoms and the blue sky. Spring colors beauty.

Yellow fresh green leaves, pale pink cherry blossoms and the blue sky
Yellow fresh green leaves, pale pink cherry blossoms and the blue sky

Cherry Blossom blooming

Can’t reject to shoot these flowers on this beautiful day.

40 years old Cherry tree in blossom at my carpark
40 years old Cherry tree in blossom at my carpark

Fortunately, I can see adorable cherry blossom from my balcony. We Japanese really like to see cherry blossom blooming and that is called “Hanami (花見) party”. Most classic way of Hanami is sitting in the park ground with beer cans and snacks. Some of my friends from oversea had been pretty surprised to see so many Japanese drunk in public park middle of day this season, and they loved to do that later by them selves. If you looking for real estate in Japan, nearby cherry tree could be another value!?

Cherry blossoms are in bloom for only 1 – 2 weeks as longest. There are some real windy days in this season, flowers are easily blown away.  Some “Hanami heads” chases cherry blossoms from south to north in every weekends. Because Japan has some climate zone, so when flowers finished in Kanto region (including Tokyo) then off to Tohoku region, they can catch up flowers like surfers of Endless Summer movie.

One thing that I hate in Japanese landscape is ugly electric wire. They should be in the ground or hidden by other way. Hope those electric wire disappear in near future.

Hana-momo (Hana peach) flowes in Shiba park, Tokyo

Another walk in Shiba park located in central Tokyo looking up Tokyo Tower. This park looks like one of the oldest park in Japan. It’s located next to Zojo temple (増上寺) that built in 1393.

Tokyo tower from Shiba-park Tokyo tower from Shiba-park

Tokyo is big city as you know, and it has plenty of green as the same as the other big cities in the world.

Saw some Hana-momo ( Hana-peach ) flowers in bloom. Hana-momo flowers little late for cherry blossom (sakura) after in the end of March. So many sort of flowers in bloom back to back in April.

Hana-momo (Hana peach) in bloom Hana-momo (Hana peach) in bloom
Hana-momo (Hana peach) in bloom Hana-momo (Hana peach) flowers little late for cherry blossom (sakura), and they continue “spring flowers in bloom” back to back .

One spring day

Some walk with my wife and kids. One of the best season seems to be coming here in Japan.

大谷石資料館@宇都宮

本当はデリカD-5の雪道走破性を試したかっただけですが、家族サービスという事で、栃木県の湯西川温泉へいきました。しかし小さい子連れでは温泉も手放しには満喫できませんね。お湯はよかったです。

帰りに大谷石資料館へ立ち寄ってきました。大谷石の擁壁は日本中で使われていて、今も多く見る事ができます。柔らかくて多孔質の石なので、どうしても劣化しますが、それが日本のランドスケープにはマッチしているという側面もあるように思います。

この大谷石資料館、元は大谷石の採掘場で、地下に深く広大な空間が広がっています。ワインセラーのように気温は低く、今では展示会や企業のレセプション、ロケなどにも使われているそうです。当初は人力で石を切り出し、丸太かなんかで外に運び出していたのでしょう。エジプトのピラミッドに通じる規模感に圧倒されました。

現在も近隣の採掘場では大谷石が切り出されているそうです。