Motobu Yaedake Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off

Motobu Yaedake Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off

People enjoy Taiwan cherry blossom viewing on a warm sunny day in the morning of January 19 at Mt. Yaedake Motobu (photograph taken by Kaori Tamashiro).

January 20, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Taiwan cherries have begun blooming and attracting people to see them at Mt. Yaedake, Motobu. The Motobu Yaedake Cherry Blossom Festival started on January 21 with the catchphrase of “One jump ahead.”

On January 19, the temperature in Ishigaki island reached a record high for that month of 25 degrees celsius. Kenji Takeuchi, who was visiting Okinawa with friends from Tokyo said, “The pale pink blossoms have a glamorous air to them.” He took some photographs of the beautiful scene under a clear blue sky.

January 21 is Daikan, traditionally the coldest day of the old solar calendar.

According to the Okinawa Meteorological Agency temperatures in Okinawa will be around the same as previous years.

(English translation by T&CT, Shinako Oyakawa and Mark Ealey)

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