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Akagi Senbonzakura the cherry blossoms tunnel

Akagi Senbonzakura the cherry blossoms tunnel

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Akagi Senbonzakura the cherry blossoms tunnel

Sunday, I wanted to test a new grip for my bmpcc (blackmagic design pocket cinema camera). So, being in Japan, why not go and see the sakura (cherry blossoms). AS the weather was not very nice, I search on internet where there was the best place of blooming cherry blossoms, to this day.

So, in Japan, there is a website that shows in real time, the peak of flowering Sakuras (cherry blossom) http://hanami.walkerplus.com/ . I found a place that has about 2 hours of Tokyo by highway. So I put my cameras in a bag and I left early after noon, to avoid traffic jams cars. It was not counting on the car traffic jam at the entrance of the parking, 45 minutes to complete 3 km … This is place is called Akagi Nanmen Senbonzakura. The Akagi Senbonzakura was selected as one of 100 best sakura-viewing spots in Japan by the Japan Sakura Association in 1990.

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The Akagi Senbonzakura, Akagi 1000 cherry trees at the foot of the south face of Mt. Akagi are located in the northeast of Maebashi-shi. In 1956, people in the community came together and started planting someyoshino cherry trees on route 353. As a result of 3-year continuous effort, they were able to plant 1,400 trees and created a “3.5 km-long cherry-tree-lined street” which leads up to the Chuji hot spring.

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Along with the 1000 cherry trees, people can also enjoy 12 hectare of land covered with beautiful moss phlox. Both the cherry blossoms and the moss phlox make a spectacular scene.

The cherry trees, planted about 50 years ago, have not changed their beautiful appearance, and we can enjoy the gorgeous blossoms. The Senbonzakura festival is hosted annually during this season. During the festival, the cherry blossoms are lit up at night so that visitors can enjoy them both day and night.

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For the movie I use my bmpcc with a Sony external battery, and I recorded on the hard disk of the Atomos Ninja 2 in “ProRes HQ”. The sound is recorded with the internal microphone of the bmpcc… All sequences were filmed without a tripod and in the edition, I did not use sequences stabilizer. In the edition, I did not add a soundtrack.

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The short movie “Under the cherry blossoms tunnel”

Movie of Sakura Under the cherry blossoms tunnel

 

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