Our Japan trip was timed such that we were a couple of weeks past peak bloom in Tokyo, so when we arrived in Chiba, we were pleased to see some trees still in bloom.
When we headed further south to Kyoto, we didn’t expect to see much in terms of blooms, but there were a few trees here and there, such as this pair of trees at Kiyomizu temple.
They had a crowd around them with people taking lots of pictures.
It turns out that there were a variety of cherry tree species in Kyoto, with some late blooming varieties, such as these near Ryoanji.
This website lists the late blooming varieties.
Oh well, this probably saved me a lot of money that day.
Getting back to the sakura story, it would seem that our own blooms in High Park have been delayed by our long and cold winter, and at the time of this writing, they look to be still about two weeks away. I’ll be reporting on them in due course, but in the meantime, this website is tracking the sakura quite closely.