春立つ [写真]




This is a photo taken at Kairakuen Park in Mito. The name of these flowers is called Miyako-Nishiki, which look like cherry blossoms. It is said that the huge park features over 3,000 plum trees of 100 varieties, and the plum blossom festival is held between February 17 and March 31, 2018.
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春の訪れ [写真]




Ibaraki Prefectural Flower Park covers an area of approximately 30 hectares, and is well-known for its roses. It is said that there are about 30,000 roses of 800 different varieties here. You can see cherry blossoms called Kawazu-zakura as well, which are already beginning to come out. This is a photo taken in the park.
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早咲きの桜 [写真]




Atami in Shizuoka is well-known for its early cherry blossoms called Atami-zakura, which are normally seen between the middle of January and the middle of February. This is a photo taken on February 7. You can see a lot of birds called white-eye around here. They were busy with their activities trying to get the nectar out of the cherry blossoms here and there.
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魅せられて [写真]




This is a photo of Mt. Fuji taken by Lake Shojiko in Yamanashi three days ago. The lake, some 900 meters above sea level, is one of the five lakes of Mt. Fuji. The temperature was minus 12 degrees Celsius at the time when I took this photo. Actually, since it was intense cold and the lake is completely frozen, portable warm pads or pocket warmers did not work much though I was taking precautions against the cold.
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富士山のシルエット [写真]




This spot with a panoramic view in Gotemba offers a great view of the silhouette of Mt. Fuji especially in winter when the air is clear. Mt. Fuji looks more beautiful when it is shot during blue hour, which happens twice a day, that is, just before sunrise and just after sunset. This photo was taken just after sunset.
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皆既月食 [写真]




A total lunar eclipse was seen on January 31. This is a photo taken at 9:53 p.m. The conditions were ideal without any clouds for observing the moon turned a red copper color. According to the newspaper, the moon was closer to the Earth in its orbit and it was the second full moon of the month called a blue moon. NASA calls this phenomenon "Super Blue Blood Moon".
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