We have very warm days recently and it makes sakura, or cherry trees around Morioka in full bloom.

Wether reports said it’s expected to have some rainy days. I hope we could have a few more days to enjoy these beautiful cherry blossoms.


My former posts of the rock-splitting cherry tree were just photos of cherry buds. But this post has pictures of the cherry tree in full bloom in this post. A lot of people, Morioka residents or tourists, came watching the beautiful cherry blossoms.

If you’re interested in what the rock-splitting cherry tree is, I posted small information here or you could search the name in the net.

The map below shows the place of the tree.

Today I visited the rock-splitting cherry tree again. This time, not only cherry buds but slightly pink cherry petals could be seen.

Is it ok to use a word “cute” for cherry petals?

It becomes warmer day by day and cherry trees around Morioka are about to bloom. In my last post, I put the photo of the rock-splitting cherry tree in which it’s just buds. Today I visited the site again. Here is the photo.

It seems it needs a few more days to start blooming. I can’t wait to see.

In Japan, April is the season of Sakura, or cherry blossoms. We enjoy watching Sakura, having a kind of parties under Sakura trees, etc. And the most popular Sakura tree in Morioka is “Ishi Wari Zakura”, the rock-splitting cherry tree in English.

I think you’re interested in where the name comes. This photo shows the answer.

As you see, the cherry tree grows up from a crack of one giant granite. It’s said that something like thunderbolts made the crack and the cherry came out somehow.

Today I heard that the cherry tree started to bloom and went to see at lunch break. Unfortunately what I could see was just buds.

I hope we can see the cherry blossoms, not buds, soon.

The map below shows where the rock-splitting cherry tree is. (It’s called “Rock Breaking Cherry Tree” in the map)

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