April 23, 2013

Sakura Sunday...



Sakura (n) - an ornamental Cherry Blossom Tree and it's blossoms.

(also the name of a song we sang in 6th grade at
Woodlawn Elementary for a Spring concert, of which I had no freakin' idea I was singing
about Cherry blossoms until last weekend.  An "aha moment" waaay too long in the making.)








Sakura Sunday - an event; a celebration of all things Spring in the Japanese tradition.








With one little caveat...








....we are in Philly.  Fairmount Park to be exact.  Who would have thunk it?  But
whether in Japan or Philly, TWO things are the same.  Kids will be kids...














...and Japanese Cherry blossoms are beautiful in BOTH "Far East" locales.
Yes Philly is farrrrrrrrr east of many, many places.  Pittsburgh to name one.
Do you know we are about as far east as you can get and STILL be able to eat a cheese steak under
an authentic Japanese Cherry tree canopy?  Just a little factoid I thought I'd throw out there.





















Pink was THE color of the day...





...even for the traditional Japanese "wiener" dog wearing a tutu.


Sayonara...






P.S.  Did a bit of "Spring Cleaning" here on the old blog, wanted to streamline a bit.  If you notice any issues with the width of my blog not fitting onto your computer screen, could ya let me know so I can correct it?   Domo Arigato.


33 comments:

  1. I thought something looked different!

    I love cherry blossoms and I love Fairmount Park! Perfect combo!

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  2. Thank you for sharing this event. Amazing catures. Your images get better and better and better. I see such growth in your work. Sakura-that was one most everyone sang. I never much liked it, but I like what it's about.
    New look works well. Fits the screen. I'm doing the drugstore readers now and keep my screen on 125, so I need to just ctl- and voila! Happy day Kathy.

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  3. what a spectacular!
    love, love, love your cherry blossoms!
    outstanding!

    sayonara!

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  4. I love your new look! Very clean and crisp. Works for me just fine.

    Your blossoms are gorgeous! Great captures! It seems that most of your trees are pink while the ones in Branch Brook tend more to be white with pink mixed in. I love the little girls in kimonos! Like Newark, NJ, who would except Japanese cherry trees in Philly?

    I am drawn to the shot with the fountains splashing ...

    www.rickandlynne.com/lynne

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  5. Love love love the photos and what a lovely day that you could share with us! I can just imagine the fragrance!

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  6. Wow, you got some great shots! You have a good eye for design. I love the photo under the canopy of blossoms.

    The blog update looks very nice. The edges do extend beyond my screen, but it may be my browser. I'm on my work computer, using Safari.

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  7. Oh what a beautiful procession of pinks...and what a grand celebration!!

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  8. Nice spring cleaning. looks good! Love all the pink blossoms!

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  9. If it weren't for azaleas, I would say you could do away with all spring blossoms except for Cherry trees! Love 'em. And, I'm likin' the new look!

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  10. Wow -these shots are pure magic! A work of art.

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  11. You showed amazing beauty in this post...a huge visual delight for sure. I miss these trees in a big way. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Love the new look! The edges do extend beyond my screen a bit, so I have to slide the bar at the bottom to see it all.
    Those blossoms - so jealous!! Still looking at brown, barren trees here.

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  13. First, I love your little Spring cleaning here, looks great! And second, holy cow, you all have the most beautiful trees there! I did an exhange of beads on a jewelry blog hop a couple of years ago and the one thing that the girl sent me was a branch with cherry bloosoms on it made of polymer clay, I called it of course, Sakura! ;) Thanks for the little adventure!

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  14. My first visit here, and everything is just beautiful! You are lucky to have such a nice event with such beautiful blossoms and little ones. Our cherry blossoms have not blossomed, but it will be soon!

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  15. What an amazing display and beautiful blue sky to compliment... Visiting from Tuesday Muse...

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  16. I think cherry blossoms are just about my favorite thing about spring -- and your photos are amazing. I'm not just saying that either! Just gorgeous. And I like what you've done to your blog -- no issues with the width here. :)

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  17. Your photos are gorgeous and those shots of the littles are adorable! Those trees are just breath taking!!!

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  18. I kept thinking I'll comment on the one of the sun behind the trees. No, I Iike the columns in focus even more. But then there's a the kid in the tree. Many wonderful light-filled moments!

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  19. These are gorgeous! I've never heard of that festival! So cool!

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  20. What a eye candy, fun filled festival and the blossoms are incredible. (as are the kids...and the dog, definitely the dog)

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  21. So envious of these blossoms to admire! What a wonderful festival! And...your blog design looks awesome! Love it!

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  22. These are so lovely -- all that pink! My favorite is the last photo. Can't resist that little dressed up doggie!

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  23. Oh those cherry blossoms are just so beautiful!!

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  24. Nice new blog design, looks very fresh and shows of your beautiful images perfectly.

    Mollyxxx

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  25. Wow! These are stunning photos of the Sakura blossoms. I don't think we have them here in Montreal. Might have to take a trip down to TO for that.

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  26. One of my favorite things to do while stationed in Japan was taking the train to the Cherry Blossom Festivals...these are a stunning reminder of those days...

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  27. That second shot is so so beautiful its almost unreal. Gorgeous captures Kathy :)

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  28. These cherry blossoms are wonderful. I love the shot with the pillars and the cherry blossoms in the background. Great capture of a very pink day!

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  29. Amazingly beautiful shots of what looks like an amazing time! Thank you for sharing and for linking up with Tones on Tuesday!

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  30. what a beautiful way to welcome spring! these images are wonderful! thanks for sharing such a beautiful day with us!
    my first visit from kim's texture tuesday link-up! you have a wonderful week! :)

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  31. Great set of pictures, but that first shot is stunning!!

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