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ah sakura time

pleasing yamadera view

worth a thousand steps

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Twenty five years ago Jill and I travelled Japan in April and May. In those days  cameras were set to record the date of the photograph on the image. We had to journey far to North Central Honshu to catch Sakura, (the Cherry Blossom). The petals were beginning to fall in Yamagata at the castle ruins as shown in the last image. However out at Yamadera temple the cherry trees in the valley were still holding their blossom. Basho visited Yamadera , its an amazing feeling to think that hundreds of years later as we climbed the 1000 steps we may have sat on a rock where he rested .