I again stayed in Tokyo this year to take my « special sakura » day. I have been taken short notice once again by the early bloom of the cherry trees and I had to figure out an urgent day to wander the Tokyo streets and find nice scenes. But, I must warn you : I haven’t been as lucky as last year so I had to rely on some spots I already knew 🙂
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The first to bloom are the plum tree flowers. At Hibiya Park, they were splendid! Since they last pretty long, we can still admire those at the same period as the cherry trees flowers. Those in this following picture are especially heart-warming.
I’ll cheat and show you a picture of sakura taken on the previous day. To be honest, the weather was so bad that I seriously wondered if I’d do my sakura day 100% under the rain 😉
The sakura are obviously easier to bring out with a nice blue sky. I will then postpone my “under the rain” style session to a later year (not for 2015, I already have an idea planned!).
I took this day to go to Inokashira, in an area which I usually not go (Kichijoji). It’s actually a pretty plain sight : temple, small bridges, sakuras, old Japanese people, and, uh, goose-boats.
I then came back in central Tokyo to visit the controversial Yasukuni Shrine area.
I roamed onto some city roofs to obtain some good sights but the beautiful sakuras weren’t easy to get to stand out from that point. I finally got to take this relatively interesting shot in Ikebukuro.
To complete this day, I went for a walk in Yanaka. There are many sakuras in the cemetery but it’s not as stunning as in Aoyama. I searched some more subtle scenes in the back streets but this has proven to be unsuccessful. So in order not to come back empty-handed, I went to Tennoji Temple to shoot two sakura trees that I really admire.
I then took these pictures on my daily route, to and from work.
You are in Japan? You have some pictures of unknown, subtle spots strewn with sakuras that you luckily encountered? Or did you find some in some other country? Please share it with us in the comments! Always interesting! 🙂
Article translated by センチレール ミッチ.