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2015/04/04

Sakura Report 2015 - Mitsuike Park, A Treasure Box of Rare Sakura Blossoms

Banner of Mitsuike Park

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/2, 1/1600 sec, ISO-100)

After enjoying the Sakura along Tsurumi River, I've arrived at Mitsuike Park, one of Japan's Top 100 Sakura Spots to see various kinds of Sakura!

Sakura Report 2015 - Lovely Sakura Blossoms at My Hometown Tsurumi River

 

View of Sakura at Mitsuike Park

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/2, 1/640 sec, ISO-100)

I was surprised to see the gorgeous white Sakura right in the beginning of the park. They looked as if they had been mixed into the white clouds in the sky.

 

Sakura over Pond at Mitsuike Park

Canon EOS 6D, Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (90mm, f/4, 1/160 sec, ISO-100)

The white petals were floating on the water to make the white carpet.

 

Floor of Sakura Petals at Mitsuike Park

Canon EOS 6D, Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (200mm, f/4, 1/200 sec, ISO-100)

Some of the carpets were made of two colors. Is it just a coincidence that the pink petals made this pattern? How lovely!

 

Sakura and Hill at Mitsuike Park

Canon EOS 6D, Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (85mm, f/4, 1/125 sec, ISO-100)

The white Sakura trees stood all along the hill.

 

Colorful View at Mitsuike Park

Canon EOS 6D, Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (90mm, f/4, 1/250 sec, ISO-100)

I found a nice place with flowers in various colors. Especially the red blossoms next to the Canola flowers appealed to me the most.

 

Terutebeni at Mitsuike Park

Canon EOS 6D, Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (90mm, f/8, 1/100 sec, ISO-400)

This red blossom is called Terutebeni, which literally means the red blossom of Princess Terute (She is a princess from the legend during the Middle Ages in Japan.) Many people including me thought that this is a Sakura or Ume blossom. But actually, this is a kind of a peach blossom. Ohh.. it is quite difficult to distinguish between Terutebeni and other Sakura and Ume blossoms.

 

Sakura Benigasa at Mitsuike Park

Canon EOS 6D, Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD, Kenko DIGITAL TELEPLUS PRO300 2X DGX (180mm, f/9, 1/160 sec, ISO-400)

Now let's look at the various rare Sakura blossoms found in Mitsuike Park. The first one is Benigasa, which means red traditional hat.

 

Sakura Beniyutaka at Mitsuike Park

Canon EOS 6D, Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD, Kenko DIGITAL TELEPLUS PRO300 2X DGX (180mm, f/9, 1/160 sec, ISO-400)

The second one is Beniyutaka, which means blossom rich in red color. Beniyutaka looks more reddish than Benigasa, isn't it?

 

Sakura Yaebenitoranoo at Mitsuike Park

Canon EOS 6D, Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD, Kenko DIGITAL TELEPLUS PRO300 2X DGX (180mm, f/8, 1/125 sec, ISO-400)

The third one is Yaebenitoranoo, which means double-flowered blossom of red tail of tiger. The name is pretty cool!

 

Yaezakura at Mitsuike Park

Canon EOS 6D, Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (90mm, f/11, 1/100 sec, ISO-400)

Here's the fourth one. I'm not actually sure what this blossom is called. All I know is that this is a kind of Yaezakura, a double-flowered Sakura blossom.

 

Sakura Shirotae at Mitsuike Park

Canon EOS 6D, Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD, Kenko DIGITAL TELEPLUS PRO300 2X DGX (180mm, f/9, 1/160 sec, ISO-400)

The fifth one is Shirotae, which means awesome white color. I love this genuine white color!

 

Sakura Blossoms of Kokeshimizu at Mitsuike Park

Canon EOS 6D, Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD, Kenko DIGITAL TELEPLUS PRO300 2X DGX (180mm, f/11, 1/100 sec, ISO-500)

The last one is Kokeshimizu, which means clean beautiful river with moss. What amazed me the most is that some of the Sakura blossoms have green colors in their roots, whereas others have red colors. Both of Shirotae and Kokeshimizu have the green colors, which made me love them very much.

To tell the truth, I came to this park last spring to take photos of Sakura blossoms. If you check the link below, you will clearly see how well I have developed photography skill through one year.

Sakura at Mitsuike Park

But I must bear in mind that I will think of exactly the same thing next spring, too. I still have plenty of things to learn. I will keep on this long journey of photography.

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Takumi Nasuno. Tanagura Supporters' Ambassador (Official supporter of Tanagura Town of Fukushima Prefecture). A man who recommends TRIPLESSO just as he likes. A multi-language blogger for mainly nature photography. Currently I'm off from my main job (knowledge management and data analytics) and devoting myself to childcare for my newborn baby for half a year.
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