Archive for May, 2007

Cherryblossoms in Hokkaido

Most of Japanese like cherry blossoms, which bring us spring atmosphere. In the mainland of Japan, cherry blossoms bloom in the early April. However, here in Hokkaido, situation is different.

Eventually, cherry blossoms bloom here too. But the species of cherry tree is different from that in the mainland. Both belong to the same genus Prunus, but the cherry in Hokkaido is Prunus sargentii, while that in Tokyo is Prunus × yedoensis.

Here’s the cherry blossom in Hokkaido.
cherryblossoms in Hokkaido, Japan

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Snowboarding on a spring day

On the day before yesterday, I went for snowboarding with some of my lab members. The ski resort called “Sapporo Kokusai” is close to the center of Sapporo, i.e. it takes about 1 hr by car.

snowboarding

The weather was extremely nice, probably the warmest day of this spring. We enjoyed snowboarding very much. This was the second time for me to snowboard in this winter season, and this would be the last time for this snow season.

Although Hokkaido is the northernmost island in Japan, it gets warmer and warmer day by day. In the city there are no snow already, and fresh leaves on trees and grasses are beautiful. Soon later we can see a number of insects that will make us busy…