Sakura season has drawn to its close, hastened by a spell of windy and rainy weather here in Tokyo. But I still have a series of pictures from a few days ago, when the bloom was in its prime. It’s from one of Tokyo’s best sakura spots, Chidorigafuchi, along the Imperial Palace moat. It’s not the first time I posted pictures from Chidorigafuchi here, but depending on the day and the moment in the season, the mood is different. The rows of pink trees bending down towards the water of the moat are just always a wonderful sight! This time we arrived just when the boats were put out in the morning and formed nice patterns on the water. Already before opening time, a queue of people was waiting there, I can’t even imagine the length of the queue during the day! It’s a nice stroll along the water, and in the morning not even too crowded. At night the trees are lit up, which must surely be beautiful as well, but we never made it there after dark. As the sakura line is slowly moving North and up the mountains, Tokyo has seen the last of this year’s cherry blossoms. Green leaves are starting to appear on the trees and we can look forward to many more beautiful blossoms, such as the azalea, which will shorten our wait until next year’s cherry blossoms.