Cherry blossoms are in season here in Tokyo.
If you didn’t know, every Spring, you can find beautiful cherry blossoms all over the city. Sakura, or cherry blossoms, pop up everywhere in Japanese art, food, history; they’re deeply rooted in the culture, so you can find them almost anywhere.
I’m not here to give you a history lesson, though. I’m just here to share some pictures of cherry blossoms in Tokyo. This year, I checked out a few popular hanami spots: Naka-Meguro river, Asakusa, and Iidabashi.
Sakura in Tokyo
The cherry blossom season is extremely short. Really only a few weeks, and only a few DAYS at its peak. Most Springs in Tokyo bring Spring showers and high winds, so you have to time it right to catch the blossoms at their peak.
If you’re a full-time student or work full time, it can be hard to get outside and catch the cherry blossoms. They pop up quickly and disappear just as quickly. I’m always left with a bit of melancholy, like I didn’t do enough, didn’t see enough.
By the way, Hiro took some of these photos. Because we share a camera and went out shooting together, it’s hard for me to pinpoint which ones exactly. Head on over to his instagram to see more!
If you’re looking for some tips on planning a hanami party, check out my recommended recipe posts for miso tofu or sakura cupcakes! If you have any sakura photos you’d like to share with me, please share them on twitter or instagram with the hashtag #heytaylorb so I’ll be sure to see them!
People say that some of the beauty of sakura season is that it is so short. What do you think? Personally, I wish it lasted a little bit longer!