Cherry Blossoms and Bugs in Takano

Entrance to a Shinto Shrine, with right side of torii gate, stone lantern, and vertical stone with the Kanji for Takano Jinja.
Takano Jinja (Shrine) Entrance in Ritto City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan.

Cherry trees bloom at the beginning of April at the entrance to Takano Shrine and in Takano Park next to the shrine. With both old and young cherry trees, Takano Park is a good place to see blossoms up close.

Cherry blossom buds in Takano

Many people go to famous sites to view cherry blossoms from a distance as scenery or as locations for picnics, but I prefer quiet places where I can get close enough to look carefully at individual blossoms.

Beetle on cherry tree

Close viewing reveals more than details of blossoms. Trees host many small creatures, and sometimes we humans are fortunate enough to see them. The beautiful trees and blossoms that we admire serve other creatures in different ways.

Cherry blossoms

A branch that offers serene and delicate beauty to humans may be a site of dramatic struggles for survival.

I hope people who view cherry blossoms will take time to look closely and see the richness of nature that lies beyond our conventional notions of beauty.

Trees and flowers can give us great pleasure, but they also nurture many other creatures with whom we share Earth.

More photos are in my my Flikr set, Cherry Blossoms.

Published by Greg Peterson

Professor Emeritus, Kyoto Notre Dame University. I have retired from full-time service (1977-2014) and now offer weekly lectures in interpersonal and intercultural communication. Since 1980 I have lived in Shiga Prefecture, Japan, where I enjoy outdoor activities, especially photography, hiking, and cycling.

Leave a comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: