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~~Autumn Serenity in Portland Japanese Gardens, Oregon~~ I visited this beautiful garden in late The colors were amazing, I hope to see it again one day! ~~Photo by Kevin McNeal~~

Sakura Lanterns, with Japanese kanji characters. Sakura (櫻花) means cherry tree in Japan, and this style of lantern is associated with the annual cherry blossom festival (hanami, 花見, lit. "flower viewing"). Hanami at night is called yozakura (夜桜, literally night sakura). In many places such as Ueno Park, these temporary paper lanterns are hung for the purpose of yozakura. [parts from Wikipedia]

Sakura Lanterns, with Japanese kanji characters. Sakura (櫻花) means cherry tree in Japan, and this style of lantern is associated with the annual cherry blossom festival (hanami, 花見, lit.

Matsumoto Castle is one of Japan's premier historic castles. The building is also known as the "Crow Castle" due to its black exterior. It was the seat of the Matsumoto domain.

Matsumoto Castle is one of Japan's premier historic castles. The building is also known as the "Crow Castle" due to its black exterior. It was the seat of the Matsumoto domain. hrs from nagano station