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Sakura-Chidorigafuchi-Tokyo-Reffert 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. Sakura-Chidorigafuchi-Tokyo-Reffert (more…)

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Japan-sakura3-Reffert Last year was the first time in five years we had missed the cherry bloom, and I’m so glad to be back for it this year! In this spirit, here comes another collection of close-up shots of the Sakura. Japan-sakura-Reffert (more…)

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Hanami at the Imperial Palace East Garden 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! Hanami Bento and Sake This is only just the beginning, stay posted for more sakura posts…

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Sakura 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.
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Image 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…)

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We’re Back!

We’re back in Japan for more than a month! And: the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. What more can you ask? I hope to get a good fill of Sakura as long as it lasts.

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The short time of the Sakura bloom is already nearing its end around Kyoto and Tokyo, as the cherry blossom line approaches the mountains and the northern prefectures. And this year, I can say that I really had my fill: by day and night, from almost pure white Yoshino Sakura to kitschy pink, from delicately drooping Shidare-Sakura to puffy Yae Sakura with a double bloom. For days, I would see cherry blossoms when I closed my eyes at night and my dreams would be a delicate pink and white before a clear blue sky. Of course, I also indulged my camera…

Dreams in Pink and Blue

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