While we did get a few spectacularly sunny days in Kanazawa for hanami, two cold fronts and storms rolled through during the two weeks of blooming. Kanazawa, moody as always.
I took these photos at the Former Takamine Residence and its garden, which are near the moat around Kanazawa Castle and the Kuromon entrance to the grounds. (Map). The home once belonged to Jokichi Takamine (1854-1922). In addition to purifying adrenaline and isolating the enzyme takadiatase, he is also famous for having donated the cherry trees in Washington, D.C. The grounds of the residence-turned-museum, which are free to enter, contain several beautiful “weeping” shidarezakura trees (しだれ桜).
As you can see from the first photo, I’m rather enamored of the roof of the wall surrounding the residence. I also didn’t touch up the photos, since I wanted you all to see what Kanazawa looks like most of the time: cloudy, yet somehow elegant.