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Cherry blossoms blooming in Okinawa’s northern area

Date Posted: 2009-01-15

The northern Okinawa hills are coming alive with the beauty of the sakura, or cherry blossoms.
With somewhat warmer than normal winter weather, cherry blossoms are popping open, just in time for the 31st annual Motobu Mt. Yaedake Cherry Blossom Festival, the first of five festivals on the island. More than 7,000 Taiwan cherry trees are in bloom in an area just to the west of Motobu. At 453.4 meters, Mount Yaedake is the island’s second highest point, and features more than just cherry blossoms. It’s also known as the orchid capital of Okinawa.
The Mount Yaedake Cherry Blossom Festival runs January 17th through February 15th. Visitors can walk or drive up the mountainside, taking in the pink blossoms in the area known as Sakura-no-Mori Park.
The 2nd Nakijin Castle Cherry Blossom Festival begins January 23rd at the Nakijin Castle ruins, while the largest of the cherry blossom festivals, the 47th Nago Cherry Blossom Festival, kicks off January 31st. The Naha Cherry Blossom Festival runs February 11th ~ 15th at Yogi Park, and the 3rd Yaese Cherry Blossom Festival at Yaese Park is February 7th and 8th.

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