Photo : Chilling In The Cherry Blossoms

Photo : Chilling in the cherry blossomsA Japanese white-eye in search of nectar sits on a branch of a Taiwan cherry tree, in Motobu, Okinawa. The subtropical forests of the town's 453-meter Mount Yae are being decorated with the blooming flowers.

Daigo-ji Garden

Daigo-ji GardenDaigo-ji is a Shingon Buddhist temple in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Japan. Its main devotion (honzon) is Yakushi. Daigo, literally "ghee", is used figuratively to mean "crème de la crème" and is a metaphor of the most profound part of Buddhist thoughts.

Taiwan Cherry Trees Pretty In Pink On Amami-oshima

Taiwan cherry trees pretty in pink on Amami-OshimaFor those with a hankering to go “hanami” flower viewing, now is the time on the north of Amami-Oshima island.
Tatsugo's forest park was ablaze in vivid pink on Jan. 8 as Deputy Mayor Kazunori Kumamoto announced that its 260 “hikanzakura” (Taiwan cherry) trees were starting to bloom.

Irish National Stud Japanese Gardens

Irish National Stud Japanese GardensThe Irish National Stud's Japanese Gardens, renowned throughout the world and the finest of their kind in Europe, are far more than simply a treat for the eye. They also provide comfort to the soul, achieving exactly the objective that was set out when the gardens were created between 1906 and 1910.

Alien Species Ruining The Look Of Ancient Burial Mound

Alien species ruining the look of ancient burial moundAn infestation of duckweed transformed the color of a moat around an ancient burial mound here that is part of a cluster proposed for World Heritage status.
The site in question is the Nisanzai Kofun in this city, which dates from the latter half of the fifth century. The area has many "kofun" burial mounds, collectively known as Mozu Kofungun.

Okochi-sanso Villa

Photo : Okochi-sanso villa's upper garden in autumnOkochi-Sanso Villa is one of the top sights in Kyoto. It rivals any of the city’s imperial properties, and you don’t need reservations to enter.
Formerly the estate of the famed film actor Okochi Denjiro (1898-1962), this sublime villa and surrounding gardens are now open to the public. Many people balk at the Y1,000 admission fee, but we think it’s worth shelling out to see this place, especially since the admission fee includes a nice Japanese sweet and a cup of hot matcha tea (hold onto your ticket in order to get these in the teahouse at the conclusion of the tour). The main house here is one of the finest examples of traditional Japanese residential architecture anywhere and the teahouse is a wabi-sabi gem.