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Omuro Zakura in Ninnaji temple and its forecast 2020: 御室桜英語で説明

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Overview

  • Generally speaking, Omuro Zakura is the last-blooming Sakura in Kyoto.
  • Actually, Kitano Zakura tells the end of Sakura season about 2 weeks later.
  • Omuro Zakura is in full-bloom in mid-April usualy but it might bloom about 2 weeks earlier.
  • If you miss the best time to see it, you might enjoy Omuro Zakura in Haradanien garden.
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This article is for your reference. We cannot foresee the best time to admire Omuro Zakura exactly. We are not responsible any disadvantage you have.

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Forecast 2020

April 5

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The board says Omuro zakura start to bloom. Ariake near Chokushimon is about 50% bloom. Omuro zakura are also in the same bloom.

March 29, 2020

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Ninnaji temple tells us the blooming of Maple leaves, Omurozakura and Tsutsuji with the board. We can find this board at Sanmon gate (the gate faces the road.) The center is Omurozakura (御室桜) . This board says small buds of Omurozakura is found.

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Through the Sanmon gate, we can locate Chokushimon to the left. Near the gate, there is a tree of Ariake (Sakura). Omurozakura is kind of Ariake and both of them bloom in the same way. So, we can take advantage of the Ariake as an indicator.

In March

This year, Kawazu Zakura and other spring flowers bloom 2 weeks earlier than usual year. On March 8, I found Yamazakura and Shidare Zakura in Kyoto Imperial Palace bloomed. Omuro Zakura will be in full bloom in early April in 2020 though it does in mid April usually.

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What is Omuro Zakura?

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This is tOmuro Zakura. It is a kind of Sakura called Ariake.

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This is Ariake. It is a mother of Omuro Zakura.

 

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Trees of Omuro Zakura are short and look like shrubs.

哲学の道の桜

On the other hand, trees of Someiyoshino, so-called Sakura is taller than Omuro Zakura trees. Most of Sakura trees are as tall as that of Someiyoshino.

It is not obvious why the trees are shorter than other Sakura. Some hypothesis says that the trees are not able to have long roots due to the clay-like ground, and other one claims that the ground is not fertile. I suppose the latter has a point. We also find Omuro Zakura in Haradanien garden which used to be a dump site. (Now the Sakura paradise, though.)

Omuro Zakura has enjoyed its reputation for centuries.  Keijo Shoran,the famous Kyoto guide book in the 18th century reveals that Ninaji has lots of Yaezakura and they are the best Sakura in Kyoto.

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Yaezakura is a kind of Sakura which has double flowered/petaled flower. Omuro Zakura belongs to Yaezakura. These days, we have sigle flowered/petaled Omuro Zakura.

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It has two colors of flowers; White and pink.

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The sprig of 2019 expected New Imperial era Reiwa and Ninnaji had a special stage to admire Omuro Zakura. The is a poem written on the wall. The era was named after it. Check the link below.

The meaning of Reiwa, the new Japanese Imperial period
Reiwa (令和), what does the new Imperial period/era mean? Why are Japanese people delighted because it was quoted the Manyosyu?
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Where can we enjoy Omuro Zakura?

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At the red alien in the map, there are ticket booths. The entrance fee is 500 jpy for adult.

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Near the ticket booths, there is a sign board to tell us how Omuro Zakura blooms. 見頃 means the best time to see it.



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