Spring has come and the cherry blossoms are opening soon all over Japan. For many spring is the favorite time of the year in Japan and I’m no exception well I do like Autumn too with the beautiful autumn colors.
This year I won’t be able to see Tokyo blossoming in sakura (cherry flower) because I will arrive to Tokyo in the begin of May when the main season has officially finished but I did take couple of thousand photos last spring that I’d like to share with you!
Depends how my plans go but I might be able to see cherry blossom in north of Japan since there the season starts later than in Tokyo.
Little Japanese for you.
サクラ (桜) = Cherry blossom (Sakura)
はなみ (花見) = Flower viewing (Hanami)
Did you know that in Japanese TV you can see info when and where the flowers are at their best? .Well you can so keep you eye on the tv shows 😀
Little bit about Hanami (flower viewing)
One of the best things to do in Japan is to get together with your friends under the colorful cherry flowers and drink beer (or something stronger),eat tasty food and talk with your friends.
The first Hanami I went was organized by the Sakura hostel asakusa and since I was renting an apartment from Sakura house (basically the same company) I could join their parties without paying anything. At that time I did not know pretty much anyone in Tokyo but at the hanami where all of us were having fun and drinking I made lots of new friends.
Actually about 5-10minutes after this photo was taken it started raining a lot (and I mean A LOT) so everyone quickly packed their bags and ran back to the lobby of the hostel (I know I tolled this story like million times but it was such a fun night). At the hostel we were sitting at the lobby drinking and getting to know one another and after couple of hours someone got this great idea that we should go to a bar that was close called “Samurai bar” (hope I’m not mistaken about the name), in the bar we stayed until the last train. So even tho the rain stopped our fun under the flowers we still kept the party on!
Here are some of my favorite shots of the cherry blossoms.
(This one was taken at Shinjuku park in the begin of sakura season)
(Near the Imperial palace)
(This one is from erm somewhere near shibuya :D)
One of my favorite shots of last spring was this I took in front Yasukuni Shrine near the Imperial palace.
These are great too 😀
Here are some “closer” shots of sakura flowers.
I need to get myself a macro lens so I could take better shots of them for y’all !
Famous and huge Hanami (flower viewing) happens in Ueno park! Here are some photos and video from there!
I took a lot of photos there which you can see more in my flickr!
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