Nature saw fit to match the eagerly anticipated peak of this year’s cherry blossom blooms with some spectacular storms and everyone got a clear reminder that of the nature of impermanence which the blossoms are often said to embody. Still, even after the blossoms have fallen they can still be appreciated especially when they lie untouched by nothing more than the nosing of deer like a carpet of freshly fallen snow.
These photos were taken in a small park on the island of Miyajima, just off the Asebi nature path.
If you’ve come here in time for the main event, check out our guide to the cherry blossoms in Hiroshima here. If, on the other hand, the short cherry blossom season has you jonesing for some more sakura action, you may still be in time. Many varieties of late-blooming blossoms can be viewed at the Hiroshima branch of the Japan Mint some time after the city center blossoms are fading from memory. See photos here and get more details here. Check out the city botanical gardens for late bloomers too.