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17 2013

The Miharu Takizakura in Miharu, Fukushima

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The dignified weeping cherry called Takizakura (“waterfall cherry tree” in Japanese) had lived more than 1,000 years here in Miharu, a town located in Fukushima.

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I chose the ancient cherry tree as a target of bloom gazing in Fukushima, which was an annual event after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Around 300,000 people visited the tree every year before the disaster, and then it discouraged people from visiting. However, in the third spring after that, people came back.

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There were many food stalls and shops along the passage from the parking that was full with the cars and tour buses to the tree. The tree is an important source of income for Miharu.

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The town’s name, Miharu, literally means “tree springs”. The name was given because in the town, plum, peach, and cherry trees blossom almost simultaneously, while they blossom at different times in most parts of Japan. There are thousands of offspring of the ancient one including famous trees that have own names in the town.

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I saw several provisional housing sites from a car in the town. It should be remembered that although the people are back, the disaster is not over yet.

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Takisakura designated a national treasure in 1922 is classified as one of the three giant cherry trees of Japan. The other two are more than 1500 years old, so someone say it’s relatively “young” one. Well, I cannot imagine even 1000 years of life.

Indeed, I realized that humans are hardly anything against the great nature.

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