A view of my world in Central Illinois and places we go.

Cherry Blossoms at Japan House

We are blessed to have a place on the University of Illinois Campus devoted to Japanese culture. Called Japan House, the building and grounds are used throughout the year to provide a link to Japan deep in the heart of the Midwest. As provided on the Japan House web-page, “The mission of Japan House at the University of Illinois is to provide an academic, cultural, and natural setting for promoting an appreciation of Japanese culture and related Asian cultural concepts. Built around the concept of the Way of Tea, with three authentic tearooms, Japan House hosts classes and outreach programs that explore traditional Japanese arts and aesthetics.

That said, the building and surrounding grounds and gardens have been carefully planned to exude what one would see in Japan. I have been told that what one sees here is as authentic as possible, including work by Japanese artisans. The gardens are exceptional and, with the cherry blossoms now in full bloom, we are privileged to see it at its height. I’ll leave these photos to speak for themselves.

Cherry blossom canopy

EXIF: Canon 7D with  28-135mm, 1/30s, f/8, ISO 100 @ 75mm

EXIF: Canon 7D with  28-135mm, 1/60s, f/8, ISO 200 @ 80mm

EXIF: Canon 7D with 28-135mm, 1/100s, f/8, ISO 200 @ 135mm

EXIF: Canon 7D with 28-135mm, 1/60s, f/8, ISO 100 @ 95mm

EXIF: Canon 7D with 28-135mm, 1/60s, f/5, ISO 100 @ 70mm

EXIF: Canon 7D with 75-300mm, 1/1600s, f/5.6, ISO 200 @ 300mm

EXIF: Canon 7D with  75-300mm, 1/250s, f/6.3, ISO 200 @ 250mm

EXIF: Canon 7D with 75-300mm, 1/1000s, f/5.60, ISO 200 @ 160mm

EXIF: Canon 7D with 28-135mm, 1/25s, f/10, ISO 100 @ 38mm

EXIF: Canon 7D with 75-300, 1/1000s, f/5.60, ISO 200 @ 300mm

EXIF: Canon 7D with  75-300mm, 1/400s, f/5.60, ISO 200 @ 210mm

EXIF: Canon 7D with 75-300mm, 1/1250s, f/5.60, ISO 200 @ 300mm

EXIF: Canon 7D with 75-300mm, 1/640s, f/5.60, ISO 200 @ 250mm

EXIF: Canon 7D with  75-300mm, 1/400s, f/5.6, ISO 200 @ 155mm

EXIF: Canon 7D with  28-135mm, 1/200s, f/4.50, ISO 200 @ 50mm (fill flash)

Harbinger of spring

EXIF: Canon 7D with  75-300mm, 1/250s, f/5.6, ISO 200 @ 210mm

4 responses

  1. absolutely lovely….thanks so much for these photos!

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    March 22, 2012 at 2:11 PM

  2. Cynthia, You are most welcome! I am wondering if I might have met you yesterday as you were arriving and I was out there taking photos. If you, or anyone at Japan House, would like one of these photos, I would be honored to send them to you.

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    March 22, 2012 at 2:16 PM

  3. christine Cox

    So beautiful! Especially liked the robin and butterfly pictures.

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    March 22, 2012 at 4:41 PM

  4. Beautiful! The tree blooms this year are truly amazing – these are a visual treat, Al! Thanks for sharing them!

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    March 26, 2012 at 8:27 AM

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