Monday, February 05, 2007

An inconvenent hanami season

The cherry is out already in Ueno Park (central Tokyo)! That's remarkably early - the article itself says by about a month, but I reckon it's more like 6 weeks or so. I understand that the first blossom has been gradually getting earlier over the last few decades but nothing close to this extent (this says by 5 days in 50 years). There are a few people coming over for a workshop next month. It will be disappointing if the blossom is all over by then.

It's a real harbinger of earlier Springs to come :-)

3 comments:

ankh said...

Chuckle. Just as seeing Peilke Jr. replace Singer et al. as the preferred Republican invitee to climate hearings must be a harbinger of political change.

To every thing there is a season,
turn, turn, turn ...

Jennifer said...

First, I apologize for the off-topic question, but...

I am wanting to go to Japan for the Hanami festival, and I was wondering when might be the ideal time for it. Especially with the signs of global warming.... Also, is http://www.popjapantravel.com/tours/2007_yaoi.html overpriced? When you consider going to Japan what tours or flight-only providers do you consider?

Again, sorry to pop out of no-where and make an off-topic post. But I can't seem to have enough web-fu to find these answers...

James Annan said...

Jennifer,

It's just been forecast that the hanami will start properly on about the 19th March in Tokyo, so the week or two after then is good. Obviously the early ones already out in Ueno are a bit of an aberration. It looks like our visitors in early March will be disappointed after all :-(

To be honest, that tour looks a bit pricey to me. You aren't getting much more than shopping days in Tokyo for over $250 per night (on top of the flight). The hotel is under ¥20,000 for a shared room and you might even be able to get a single for ¥10,000. You do the maths...OTOH if you really need the guiding and are interested in what they are offering, maybe it's not so bad.

You could book a flight, a hotel, and spend the next month reading a guide book...