Hanami, the overarching term for enjoying the cherry blossoms in Japan, usually runs from the end of March until mid April in Tokyo. Every year, I get to enjoy it in some shape of form: some years a lot, while others not so much due to being busy at work.
This year, I managed to enjoy the sakura a fair bit, especially since I work in Meguro and was able to walk along the quiet river each morning before the tourist droves arrived. I was also lucky enough to picnic in Daikanyama with friends, as well as at Kinuta Park in Setagaya with Miss IKIMASHO. Kinuta turned out to be an amazing experience, and I will be back there next year for sure. With its enormous trees, and weaving, low-lying branches, it felt like a fairytale.
This morning, while cycling near Komazawa, I saw some sakura petals still blowing in the wind. The streets continue to be littered with pink flowers, though by next week I imagine they will all be gone for another year. The end of hanami usually signals warmer temperatures, and looking at the forecast for this week, it will rise to 20°C and most likely not drop under this again until November.
I hope these pictures bring back happy memories for you if you have ever seen sakura in Japan, or inspire you to visit the country in the future. While it can be a busy period to visit Japan, if you do a little research you can find some quiet and wonderful spots to enjoy the blossoms. ❤ Justin (IKIMASHO!)