We can’t seriously be at the end of June already? I swear we just arrived back from February’s Japan winter tour? Turns out…. no.
We have in fact just returned from our 2nd Japan trip for 2018 (this time for Zenbu Haru spring tour in May followed closely by a couple of weeks driving around greener than green Kyushu for research). I’m finding myself doing a mad catch up with … well everything and everyone …. for the second time in a year.
We did have about 10 weeks in Oz between trips – but they seem to have disappeared – do let me know if you find them?
On a more positive note we had a wonderful time both with our Zenbu Guests and the road-trip for two (ok so there were some hair-raising moments with a GPS gone wild but when I stop shaking I’m sure to forget, perhaps when I remember what day it is.)
As most people seem to think that spring in Japan amounts to the week or so when Sakura (cherry blossoms) are in full bloom I thought I’d share some images from May…. The most underrated period on the Japan spring travel calendar.
Don’t get me wrong – the cherry blossoms really are beautiful, it’s a must see at least once in a lifetime but late spring in Japan, just prior to the arrival of the rainy season, is truly spectacular.
Vibrancy of colour, bright sunshine and warmth. Crisp Kimono style. Azalea, iris, wisteria, hollyhock, hydrangea’s and even water lily’s and lotus in bloom, if somewhat early for some varieties. Greener than green mountains, tea plantations, rice fields and new maple leaves. The commencement of open air and rooftop beer gardens. Kakigori (shaved ice) and ice cream parfait in full tilt range of seasonal flavours.
If you are interested in our ZENBU HARU spring tour itinerary for 2019 it will be published very soon but in the meantime – feast your eyes on these for inspiration…