We have been to the Fuji Shiba-sakura Festival, a talked-about event. Although we visited there on a weekday in order to avoid the congestion, we got stuck in a traffic jam caused by the festival. After parking our car, we walked along a pavement but it was already very busy. We were walking in the crowd and feeling gloomy. However, when we got the site, we were astonished because it looked like a fairyland. About 800,000 shiba-sakura were blooming in the enormous area situated in the foothills of Mount Fuji. On the day of our visit, peak bloom had already passed but the contrast of colours was beautiful against a background of Mount Fuji. It was the perfect weather to admire the mountain.