I’ve been taking it easy since returning to Canada, and will continue like that for a bit.
Figured I’d just share some of the nice cherry blossoms I saw during my 10 day stint in Tokyo before coming home. Luckily, I had managed to arrive just in time for full bloom, with the blossoms just starting to blow away in the wind. After about three or four days the blossoms were pretty much all done with.
As I had no plans during my initial days in Tokyo, I went out and saw what I could!
As my pictures are a mix of landscape and portrait, I figure I’ll try throwing them all into tiled galleries. Not sure how this appears on the WordPress Reader, so if it looks strange you can view it directly on the site.
This batch is of the cherry blossoms around Sensoji Temple and along the river on the way to the Tokyo Skytree. Cloudy day, so they aren’t as vibrant as they could’ve been.
The classic Ueno Park on a beautiful day.
Koishikawa Botanical Gardens
After Ueno Park I decided to walk to these botanical gardens. It wasn’t even really for the cherry blossoms, I didn’t know exactly what to expect, I just saw it on Google Maps and thought it’d be interesting. It ended up being very beautiful and was a nice walk. Great cherry blossoms, too.
Kiba & Edogawa Parks
I went to a little free zoo at Edogawa Park, and as a bonus, the park itself ended up having some nice scenery.
After that I went to Kiba Park, which was on the way back to my hotel in Asakusa.
While at Kiba park I had to capture another picture of my favourite cherry blossom tree that sprawls out over the pedestrian bridge in the middle of the park. I’ve managed to get pictures of it in all three cherry blossom seasons that I was living in Japan. It’s so memorable that it’s become my favourite cherry blossom tree.
Here are the side-by-sides:
If you end up in Tokyo during cherry blossom season, you should go and see this tree! Give it some love!
That does it for my cherry blossom experiences in Japan, for now anyways. Naturally I’d love to return to Japan to visit, and the option to go back for work is also available although I’m not planning on doing that at the moment.
Hanami, or viewing cherry blossoms, is something that I never really understood until I experienced it for myself. It really is a great experience, and considering it’s only for a short time every year, it’s a scarce one as well. I’m glad that I was able to be in Tokyo at the right time for all three of the spring seasons that I was in Japan.
I’ve got more photos and stories to share regarding Japan, but for now, I’m going to go back to taking it easy on the blog side of things.
Until next time,
Thanks for reading.