Nago Sakura Festival 2008

I went to the Nago Sakura Festival in Okinawa, Japan today. The sakura (cherry blossoms) were not developed as far as they were on the Mount Yaedake Sakura Festival, but the walk up the mountain to the shrine was very interesting. Here are some photos:

This is a photo, climbing up the mountain to the shrine:
climbing the mountain to a Japanese shrine

This was the shrine at the top of the mountain in Nago. You can see some of the sakura (cherry blossoms) above the shrine:
photo of the Japanese shrine

Here are some sakura near the shrine. To download a large version of the following photo that you can use as desktop wallpaper on your computer, please click on the image and then save the file to your computer.
Nago sakura festival in Okinawa

Here are some sakura overlooking the city of Nago, Okinawa:
photo of the sakura overlooking the city of Nago

This is Nago, Okinawa with the South China Sea in the background:
the South China Sea, the city of Nago, Okinawa, and sakura

Many people were out for the Nago Sakura Festival in Okinawa:
Japanese festival photography - people enjoying the festival

This was the view, coming down the mountain from the shrine:
steps down the mountain from the shrine

This was another Japanese shrine in the forest:
a shrine in the forest, Japan

A Japanese festival is not complete without vendors selling delicious food:
vendors selling food at the Nago Sakura (cherry blossom) festival in Okinawa

There was also a parade with Japanese high-school bands:
Japan high-school band parade

Japanese high school marching band in the parade

I’m going back to the Nago sakura festival tomorrow and will take some more photos. I may also go to the sakura festivals on Honshu in March/April where the cherry trees are a different variety and the custom is to drink sake under the trees.