Cherry blossom festival starts in Okinawa earlier than other parts of Japan

Cherry blossom festival starts in Okinawa earlier than other parts of Japan

Walking under the cherry trees, participants enjoyed the flowers in full bloom. At Yaedake in Motobu on January 18.


January 19, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Cherry blossom festivals have started in Motobu and Nakijin earlier than other parts of Japan. The flowers are in full bloom at the event sites. Walking under trees with the flowers colored in various shades of pink, the participants celebrated the arrival of spring. The events will continue until February 2.

In Motobu, the 36th Yaedake Cherry Blossom Festival attracted many people. In the opening ceremony, Mayor Fumio Takara said, “I am grateful for the cherry blossom in full bloom this year and those who planted the trees.”

In Nakijin, the seventh Nakijin Castle Cherry Blossom Festival started in the ruins of Nakijin Castle, which have been registered as a world heritage site. The participants can enjoy illuminated trees both in Motobu and Nakijin this year.

(English translation by T&CT)

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