Turn a new leaf…

Rarely do we ever sit and contemplate the ever-changing colours of nature. Yet I believe visiting a country when it is at the peak of its season is the most exciting time to go as it adds to the atmosphere and looks great on photographs.     

Beautiful leaves in Japan


In Japan, cherry blossom viewing in spring and Koyo viewing in autumn are celebrated with equal rigour. Considered the best times to visit the country, sakurazensen and koyozensen refer to the spring and autumn fronts that sweep through the country. New seasons bring old traditions. Cherry blossom festivals are held all over Japan in every prefecture. Hanami is one of the busiest times in Japan, when an influx of tourists head to Japan to get in on the celebrations. Okinawa celebrates Yaedake Cherry Blossom Festival from late January to mid February(one of the earliest places to celebrate the cherry blossom season) and Ueno Park in Tokyo is noted as one of the best parks in the capital to hold hanami celebrations, from March to April.     

Cherry Blossom in Okinawa (taken from okinawa-information.com)


New England is famous in autumn for its fantastical display of colour.  Every colour from red to orange and every shade in between replaces the once lush greens. The autumn leaves are at their peak in mid October. But New England is just as popular in spring when the area holds a number of flower festivals including Nantucket Island’s (Ma) Daffodil Festival Weekend held in April and the annual Fields of Lupine Festival held in early to mid June in Franconia, New Hampshire.     

Daffodil Festival picnic (from the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce website)


This got me thinking about what we do here in England to celebrate the changing of the seasons. The Chelsea Flower Show held in May exhibits, well….flowers obviously, but not our seasons. I believe this has a lot to do with our culture, but I am sure there must be places people only visit at certain times of the year? Let me know…      




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