March 20, 2013

Cherry Blossoms, Japan

Photograph by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel, National Geographic

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features

In Japan the nighttime viewing of cherry blossoms in spring, like these at Kyoto’s Hirano Shrine, is a special event. "The cherries' only fault: the crowds that gather when they bloom," wrote Saigyo, a 12th-century poet.

See more pictures from the March 2013 feature story "Night Gardens."

Watch a time-lapse sequence of a night-blooming water lily »
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24 comments
Constanza Santibañez
Constanza Santibañez

qué lindo color tomaron las ramas de  los árboles, muy interesante la cultura oriental.

K. Vitug
K. Vitug

Even if I'm a Filipino, I don't know why I love Japanese culture - EVERYTHING about it!

journee journee
journee journee

I love this picture it is so beautiful alll of the colors really are awesome.

Ayisha Christmas
Ayisha Christmas

I absolutely love this picture! I like how the cherry blossoms have that intense pink color because of the lights. 

Once again
Once again

there is some thing heavenly in this tree.so delicate and the lantern add to the view.

Deone Higgs
Deone Higgs

This is a breathtaking image! Each cherry blossom sparkles in comparison to the others. One is not any more beautiful than the next. Great shot! 

Bikash Shrestha
Bikash Shrestha

Wonderful photo.......but once again, the same comment, as posted before, why aren't we getting fresh photo pf the day??? rather than the shots which are already on Nat Geo website photography section?????

SamanthaLyn Samuelson
SamanthaLyn Samuelson

Enchanting & refreshing spring time image!...I imagine the wonderful blossoms aroma filling the air...ahh, spring!  

Ali Muthohari
Ali Muthohari

Wonderful, this image..
how to share my image ??in this web..

Susan P.
Susan P.

Lovely photo... I particularly like the lanterns, and would love to be among "the the crowds that gather when they bloom" just once.

Thomas Haggard
Thomas Haggard

The quote just proves the point of my prior post.  I do not agree with the ideology of the right relationship between man and other aspects of nature.

Alexa Keefe
Alexa Keefe

Hi @Bikash Shrestha - Thank you for your comment.  This month is dedicated to images published in National Geographic magazine as a way to share these photographs and stories with a wider audience.

Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing

@Susan P. Like the 12th century poet hinted, it would be better without the crowds. But still, it would be quite a site.

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