This is a photo diary of my various hanami hunting exploits this season…feel free to skip if you get queasy seeing the reproductive organs of angiosperms.
Hanami means flower viewing, and it’s no exaggeration to say that it becomes a national pastime in Japan during the month of April when the cherry blossom buds come to fruition and yield a magical canopy of flowers. There is no way to capture in words or images the beauty of Japan during this time of the year; an effervescent week of full bloom that ends before you blink your eyes and notice the heavy rains that have fluttered the blossoms to the streets beneath your feet.
“The cherries’ only fault: the crowds that gather when they bloom”
– Saigyo Hoshi, 12th-century poet
feat. Agnes, Kelly, Daniel, and many beautiful strangerslady’s harmonica club, Yasukuni-jinjaweeping sakura, Imperial Palace
someone was here at 6 am to reserve this spot it’s THAT serious, Yoyogi Park
paper lanterns, Meguro Riversalaryman hanami, Ueno Park
till death do us part, Shinjuku Gyoen
which way? Inokashira Koen
this girl was speaking Chinese and oh so sassyblue steel, Daniel edition
no photographs, Mt Takao
The sakura season this year has been uncommonly, luxuriously long but is mostly over here in Tokyo. The beautiful thing about spring in Japan is that different varieties of flowering trees bloom at their own pace. Every week I look up from the handlebars of my bicycle on my commute and see a newly evolved fresh face ready to greet the day.
xo your friend alice
Locations: on the street in Taito-ku // Kitanomaru Park // Yasukuni-jinja // Meiji Jingu Gaien // Yoyogi Park // Imperial Palace East Gardens (Higashi-koen) // Meguro River // Ueno Park // Shinjuku Gyoen // Inokashira Park // Mount Takao