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Okazaki 岡崎

Birthplace of Tokugawa Ieyasu, home of the rich hatchō miso paste, and one of the most important cities in Aichi-ken's Mikawa area. Okazaki is regionally famed for its summer fireworks festival and springtime cherry blossoms, the latter being what brought me to visit in April 2008.
Beside the Oto-gawa
Beside the Oto-gawa
Hanami lanterns and sakura trees
Hanami lanterns and sakura trees
Cherry blossoms along the riverbank
Cherry blossoms along the riverbank
Donjon of Okazaki-jō above the riverbank
Donjon of Okazaki-jō above the riverbank
On the banks of the Oto-gawa
On the banks of the Oto-gawa
Crossing to the hanami festivity
Crossing to the hanami festivity
Oto-gawa and riverside hotels
Oto-gawa and riverside hotels
Hanami yatai on the north bank
Hanami yatai on the north bank
Path up to Okazaki-kōen
Path up to Okazaki-kōen
Walking beneath the sakura
Walking beneath the sakura
Path down through the cherry blossom trees
Path down through the cherry blossom trees
Lantern and sakura trees
Lantern and sakura trees
Shinkyō-bashi over the old castle moat
Shinkyō-bashi over the old castle moat
Sakura detail in Okazaki-kōen
Sakura detail in Okazaki-kōen
Tripod-wielding photographer on the bridge
Tripod-wielding photographer on the bridge
Old man walking over the Shinkyō-bashi
Old man walking over the Shinkyō-bashi
Fountain in the inner moat
Fountain in the inner moat
Okazaki-jō and from the shrine's outer grounds
Okazaki-jō and from the shrine's outer grounds
Okazaki-jō and sakura
Okazaki-jō and sakura
Main courtyard of Tatsuki-jinja
Main courtyard of Tatsuki-jinja
Okazaki-jō's reconstructed donjon
Okazaki-jō's reconstructed donjon
Skyline of Okazaki from the castle
Skyline of Okazaki from the castle
Out on the donjon balcony
Out on the donjon balcony
Passing Meitetsu train and sakura
Passing Meitetsu train and sakura
Monument to Will of Tokugawa Ieyasu
Monument to Will of Tokugawa Ieyasu
Sakura overhanging the Iga-gawa canal
Sakura overhanging the Iga-gawa canal
Hatchō-miso kura near Naka-Okazaki station
Hatchō-miso kura near Naka-Okazaki station
Restored machiya off Hatchōkura-dōri
Restored machiya off Hatchōkura-dōri