On a cold, showery Sunday in spring, I took a JR Kosei Line train to the small town of Makino. From there I walked to Kaizu Osaki where four kilometers of cherry trees planted along the northern shores of Lake Biwa were in full bloom. They created a scene of dream-like beauty. The blue water made a perfect backdrop for the delicate pink cherry blossoms, and colorful lanterns hung from the trees. Being a weekend, it was pretty crowded, but on weekdays there would be fewer people. I have also been to Kaizu Osaki in autumn, and in winter when snow lay thick on the ground. It is always beautiful, but spring is the loveliest time of all.
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I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for 1 year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for 9 years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014.I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.