Monday, April 26, 2010

Cherry Blossom Drive in Kanuma, Tochigi Prefecture

This is what happens when you give an old woman a video camera and a laptop preloaded with iMovie. - Another YouTube clip!

And this one almost destroyed our camcorder - the streets of Kanuma (Tochigi prefecture) might be wide, but they're definitely NOT smooth. Actually, Kanuma is an industrial town, and with the level of heavy duty truck traffic they have over there, the roads are not all that bad. They're only bad if you get this brilliant idea to set up a tripod inside your k-car and drive around filming cherry blossoms.

Kanuma is not really famous for cherry blossoms. Its claim to fame is the Kanuma Autumn Festival (our posts about it here and here) and Kanuma-tsuchi (鹿沼土) - a type of gardening soil, supposedly perfect for growing bonsai. Gardening soil, how exciting, yeah, I know... That's Kanuma for ya.

But here's the street that I drive down twice a week to get to work:

This was filmed on April 10th, 2010.

1 comment:

  1. Honestly, I cannot wait to get to Japan. My husband was stationed first in New Mexico. Not the pretty part with the mountains and trees, but the super ugly area with red dust (not dirt), tumbleweeds, tiny little shrubs, stick tights (those nasty little things that prick you), and wind so fierce that it has literally blown me off steps before. I am sick to death of disgusting brown scenery. I am ready for some green and more color! It's sad that when we go back home to Missouri, we are both entranced with the large trees and how green the grass is, haha. I can't wait to see the beautiful cherry blossoms!