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. (more…)
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We’re back in Japan, and just in time for the main event of spring: it’s Sakura season in Tokyo! What else could we do but to go straight for Hanami? The necessary implements can be found easily: a blue picnic sheet, a seasonal bento box, and not to forget, some sake. And not just any sake, but special one with a sakura blossom inside! This is only just the beginning, stay posted for more sakura posts…
For the first time in six years, I am missing the cherry bloom in Japan. Not like spending time in Southern California is a bad thing, but I can’t help feeling pangs of regret thinking of the fluffy clouds of white and light pink adorning Japan in this moment. All I can offer this year is a link to my Sakura Archives…
While last year the cherry bloom was late in Tokyo and we were super lucky to see all of it during our stay, this year it was early and completely over by the time we arrived in Tokyo. Luckily, this situation could be remedied: in Nagano Prefecture, a mere 80 minutes on the Shinkansen away, the Ueda Castle 1000 Cherry Trees Festival (上田城千本桜祭）is in full swing.
When we left Zurich last Sunday, we took off in a snow storm (admittedly somewhat atypical for the season). These last days, I have been snowed on as well, but in a much more pleasant manner: by falling Sakura petals floating through the air.
Even though the rains have now taken down most of the glory of Tokyo’s Sakura trees, I still have to pay a tribute to this year’s season in pictures. (more…)
One of the most magical places in Tokyo during Hanami season is Chidorigafuchi (千鳥ヶ淵, thousand birds moat), the northeastern part of the Imperial Palace moat. Gorgeous old sakura trees are lining both banks of the moat, extending their branches towards the surface of the water.
We visited Chidorigafuchi on two consecutive days early in the morning, finding two completely different moods. (more…)