It’s that time of year again. . . . . SAKURA SEASON! Here in Okinawa our sakura season is SUPER early compared to the rest of the country. It usually starts around New Years making it a great way to finish off one year and ring in the next. Although we have sakura all over Okinawa the first usually bloom on Yaedake, a mountain in the northern part of Okinawa. (Yaedake is a great place to view sakura because not only can you enjoy them on your entire drive up the mountain but you can also stop and enjoy the view off the mountain, hike through some basic trails and play at the rather large playground. There is also a ton of parking around the mountain making it an ideal place to stroll.)
Although I am happy to report that the sakura have started to bloom it’s important to note that I don’t recommend packing up the car and checking them out this weekend. There are only a few trees that have started to bloom so it will be a little wait before you walk through the beautiful pink pedals. However, sakura being what they are (here one moment and gone the next) it’s time to keep a close eye on the weather and just maybe you can catch them . . . . . before it’s too late.