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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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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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Yes, now it has started. This is the first weekend with the Tokyo cherry trees in bloom. And everybody has to have a part in it. Even if the trees are not yet all in full bloom, even if there are some clouds in the sky and the wind is really chilly, Ueno Park is packed already before noon.
Ueno Park in Bloom (more…)

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