Yambaru in Pink: Cherry Blossoms in Bloom

Yambaru in Pink: Cherry Blossoms in Bloom

Hikanzakura bring color to the Nakijin Castle Ruins (afternoon of January 24 at Imadomari, Nakijin. Article and photograph by Moriaki Kise)

January 26, 2022 Ryukyu Shimpo


At the Nakijin Castle Ruins in Nakijin, Yaedake in Motobu, and the Nago Castle Ruins in Nago, the Hikanzakura (Taiwan cherry) trees are in bloom. At Yaedake, the cherry blossom festival started on January 22. Sakuranomori Park at Yaedake will be illuminated every night through February 6 so that visitors can enjoy the blossoms at night as well (photos of the festival will be featured in the municipalities section of the paper on January 28).


At the Nakijin Castle Ruins, approximately 70% of the flowers are in bloom already. The Nakijin Cherry Blossom Festival starts on January 29. The night-time cherry blossom illumination happens every year, but this year will take place without visitors. Instead, the illumination will only be accessible online on January 29 and 30, and February 5 and 6. For more details, visit the festival home page.


At Nago Castle Ruins, a mother and daughter enjoying the blossoms and taking pictures commented, “We want to relax by looking at the cherry blossoms.”


(English translation by T&CT and Ellen Huntley)


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