Sakura Season in Okinawa!

Although the gorgeous cherry blossom that Japan is known for has not even begun to blossom up on mainland, it is already OVER for us here in Okinawa!!  Our Sakura season only lasts a few short weeks and usually begins around the end of January and goes until the end of February.

We had an even shorter season this year because it has been uncommonly cold on the island…in fact, this year Okinawa recorded its FIRST EVER SNOWFALL!!!

And the trees here are a much brighter pink (as opposed to the light pink of the mainland blossoms) with sparser blossoms.  But man, who cares!  Cherry Blossom trees are BEAUTIFUL however you can get ’em.

In fact, I’m wondering if I can get a wee cherry blossom bonsai shipped to our next location…

We got to venture up north a few weeks ago to Nakajin to see our island’s blossoms this year and it was lovely.

We started at Mt. Yaedake and although there are some amazing trees here, you literally have to pull over on the side of the road to photograph them because they line the street.  So we didn’t get many shots here!

Using my new fisheye lens on Mt. Yae!
Using my new fisheye lens on Mt. Yae!

We ate lunch at our favorite place up north, Pizza in the Sky!

It's a house, converted into a restaurant. It serves only one kind of pizza each day...but who needs more when it's SO good?
It’s a house, converted into a restaurant. It serves only one kind of pizza each day…but who needs more when it’s SO good?
And it has an AMAZING view!
And it has an AMAZING view!
Mmmm. One of my favorite things about it, is that it's brick oven pizza that is floppy on the bottom, making it difficult to hold. But the only other option is to use chopsticks. And after practicing a lot, I am currently pretty good at getting eating a slice of pizza with chopsticks!
Mmmm. One of the funny things about eating here is that it’s a brick oven pizza that is floppy on the bottom, making it difficult to hold. But the only other option is to use chopsticks. And after practicing a lot, I am currently pretty good at eating a slice of pizza with chopsticks!

And after lunch, we went to Nakajin Castle, where you can leisurely stroll through the cherry blossoms and the castle ruins and take as many pictures as you want.  I recommend this site to anyone planning on Sakura in Okinawa next year!

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I loved following this sweet couple around the castle grounds.
I loved following this sweet couple around the castle grounds.

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I love this shot, look at that smile!
I love this shot, look at that smile!

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There are artists everywhere trying to capture the beauty.
There are artists everywhere trying to capture the beauty.

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A girl and a castle
A girl and a castle

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Happy spring! Get out and enjoy those flowers!!!

Happy traveling!

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