In my opinion, Yamazaki River is the best place to watch cherry blossoms in Nagoya.
Last week I posted an uninspiring photo of cherry blossoms. I can blame the poor quality of the photo (composition, lighting, etc.) on several things, but ultimately it’s because I didn’t try very hard. I have some much nicer cherry blossoms photos that I took at Yamazaki River.
Well, I didn’t really go out of my way this year to see the cherry blossoms. Actually, I did go to the zoo and botanical gardens the other day with the primary intention to see cherry blossoms. But I ended up watching the animals all day, and didn’t even make it to the gardens. Oops.
Anyway, I want to make up for it this week by posting some nicer photos now.
But first, I want to talk about the significance of the cherry blossoms.
Although the pale pink flowers are beautiful just by themselves, there is much symbolism behind them. They represent the beauty and fragility of live itself.
The cherry blossoms are only around for two weeks tops. This represents how short our own lives are. We only have a few years of beauty before we start to whither and fall. The flowers bud, blossom, whither, and die just like we do. Grim, I know.
The cherry blossoms also represent how fragile our lives are. They can be knocked off the tree before their time is up due to wind or rain. The same way, our own lives could be cut short at any moment.
But they are also beautiful, and they are a reminder of how beautiful our own lives are. They remind us how precious our lives are and not to take it for granted.
While the cherry blossoms represent life and death, they also represent rebirth and renewal. They bloom at the same time of the year that children and adults begin a new year of school or work. April is when school and work starts, so the flowers represent a world of new experiences and new possibilities.
Who would have thought you could read so much into a flower, huh?
They are so important in Japanese culture, there is a “cherry blossom season.”
It’s the one to two weeks when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. People anxiously watch the weather/cherry blossom reports, waiting until the blossoms are at their fullest. Then they gather in groups underneath the trees for picnics and parties.
Families, friends, coworkers, classmates. Groups of people meet on blue plastic tarps in the park to eat, drink, and sing. They often come early in the morning or the night before to reserve a coveted piece of ground. Parties can last all day, and even into the night, when some places put lanterns in the trees. It is completely normal to see drunk people in the park under the cherry blossoms.
I’m not a huge fan of drunken parties in the park, but I know a completely lovely place in Nagoya to watch the cherry blossoms in peace.
Cherry blossom viewing at Yamazaki River
The banks of Yamazaki River in Nagoya are the best place to watch the cherry blossoms, in my opinion. I’ve been to this place twice to watch the cherry blossom.
The first time I went by myself. It was so lovely, I made my husband come with me the second time so we could do hanami (cherry blossom viewing) together. We packed a picnic lunch and went to sit under the fluffy pink trees.
At Yamazaki River, cherry blossom trees line both sides of the river. The banks of the river have concrete steps, so it’s easy to sit under the trees. There is a path along one side where you can walk under the trees as well.
Both times that I went here, it was not so crowded as to be annoying. It was more couples, families, and older people than loud drunken parties. So it was more peaceful than some other parks.
So far, this is my top place to view cherry blossoms in Nagoya. Not only is it beautiful, but the atmosphere is not obnoxious. Also something about the water (what little there is of it) is soothing.
And with that, here are a few photos of the cherry blossoms at Yamazaki River.
The cherry blossom covered part of Yamazaki River is next to the Mizuho Sports Centre. Take the Meijo subway line to Mizuho Undojo Higashi station.
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