|SJG • 3/6/16 - Reverend Barrish of Tsubaki Shinto temple in front of the Garden's gate , blessing ceremony|
The SJG officially opened for 2016 season on March 6 and welcomes you for the reminder of the year, and the 2016 Cherry Blossom Viewing (sakura) on UW quad opened 2 days later, on March 8 with calligraphy, aka poetry and tea ceremony - the blossoms will be there for you for another 2 weeks or so.
|SJG • 3/6/16 - Rev. Barrish inside the Garden, blessing the pond with offering of sake and rice|
Only 3 years earlier those events were like 3 weeks apart (check this blog's past entries) - what can I say? We had another warm winter in Seattle and the cherries are blooming almost immediately after, or nearly with the ornamental plums - a traditional Japanese spring harbinger...
|UW Quad yoshino cherries • 3/12/16|
|UW yoshino cherry blossoms - up close on the trunk|