From August of 2018. I was visiting my parents in the United States in the beginning of August, and when I came back I visited my husband’s parents in Yamagata Prefecture. So these photos are from the very end of August.
There! That’s flowers for an entire year in and around Fukushima City! And I’m still noticing them…. It’s now September and so many pretty flowers. 🙂
Once it becomes July, it’s really hot in Fukushima City. Sunny, hot and humid usually. That will continue until the end of August.
This past year (2018) many parts of Japan reached record high temperatures. It was especially hot and brutal.
Edge of Shinhama Park
June—as expected, lots of flowers. Above photo is at the foot of Mt. Shinobu in Fukushima City. I took it at a small park.
Hydrangeas in the background. There are a lot of hydrangeas here in June. The weather—warm and rainy–seems perfect for them.
A train line…. It’s not a JR line. It’s a local Fukushima line.
Once more at the foot of Mt. Shinobu. In fact, I think it may be the same exact bush! LOL But a different day.
There are a lot of photos in this post because once spring arrived, I kept seeing flowers everywhere.
This is Paseo Dori Street, near my house. I love this curved cobblestone street. It’s so cute. Unfortunately, some of the cobblestones have been torn up and paved over with regular cement for construction (of water pipes, I presume.) I guess it is too expensive to replace the cobblestones. 😦
Okay, these flowers are similar to the ones that went viral several years ago. (The ones that were deformed.) So I was looking super carefully for deformed flowers. I could NOT find any. No deformities in all the daisies I looked at, including those not in the photos.
The blooms on the tree in the above photo are so interesting. This is Shinhama Park.
April means cherry blossom in Fukushima City…the photo above was taken in Shinhama Park.
Also Shinhama Park
The grounds of a school
Tulips alongside the road (in certain places) are also common in April.
There are different varieties of cherry blossom trees. Some are white, some are pink. Some are early blooming, some are late blooming.
The flowers don’t start to bloom in Fukushima City until March, really. The first to bloom is the plum blossom. I was watching it in mid and late February and it began to bud (very slowly) but didn’t look picture-worthy until March:
Then later in the month:
beginnings of cherry blossoms (buds)
The above three photos are from Shinhama Park.
Magnolias…I think. I might be wrong.
These photos are from possibly the coldest month of the year in Fukushima City (or at least it feels like it because winter has been dragging on for so long.) As you’ve seen from the two previous posts, Fukushima City DOES get snow in winter. Not as much as some other parts of Japan (further north, further west places), but more snow than places down south like Tokyo. Our snow here is pretty manageable, I guess. But it can destroy the trees. Thus, instead of flowers (which are not found much deep in winter,) I want to show you the trees during winter because it’s interesting how Japanese people protect them from the snow.
This is in the grounds of a local school. The coverings on the tree are beautiful, but their primary purpose is to protect the tree if there is a heavy snowfall. (There is usually is at least once a year–or more.)
According to my knowledge (and I’m no expert,) this is a very traditional way of protecting the trees. It’s so lovely, in my opinion.
This, I believe, is a home. I guess the bamboo pole helps the tree keep its shape in case the snow should be so heavy as to weigh down the branches. (And just a few short years ago–2015? we had a HUGE dump of heavy snow that was destroying the roofs of bicycles sheds, carports and so on.) These tree protections can be seen all over Tohoku (northern part of Honshu) in winter and I think they are really beautiful.