Sakura in Tokyo, 2018

It’s that time of the year again…or should I say it WAS that time of the year again. The sakura bloomed for all of five minutes and then were all blown away before I fully realised they were all there.

But this is my third spring in Japan and my reflexes are now trained precisely for this, so in one weekend I managed to get some shots of the sakura and go around a festival or two

This was taken on film at Koganei where family after family came to have picnics under the cherry blossoms. Some brought their kids, some brought their pooches, some just brought themselves to enjoy the early bloom.

The parks this time of the year are perfect for people-watching. It gets pretty wild in certain spots (usually wherever the alcohol is) but plenty of people are also just sitting around in the middle of the hubbub doing their own thing. I’m usually just slinking in and out trying to take pictures.

I will never stop being fascinated by sakura, but at some point I did realise I’m probably just taking the same pictures year after year. This year I tried to get more shots of people under the trees, and that was a fun diversion of attention.

Babies! Lots of cute babies!

And toddlers out on their field tripI especially liked this group of kids because there was this one boy that just kept escaping the group to climb over the railing. He had absolutely no patience for sakura appreciation and I loved it.

I also came across this very appropriately pink post box outside Komagome Station and fell in love for the five minutes I spent taking pictures of it.


6 Responses to “Sakura in Tokyo, 2018”

  1. 1 AJ April 26, 2018 at 6:31 PM

    Hi, I just found your blog and I really like it – especially liked the little moments you captured in these photos!

  2. 3 lazypandah May 11, 2018 at 7:41 AM

    OMG! It looks so beautiful! I plan to go visit Japan in the Sakura season next year ~ Any tips for locations?

    • 4 Cheryl May 15, 2018 at 2:32 PM

      I’d suggest hitting the main spots in Tokyo (maybe not Ueno Park because it’s so crowded with tourists), or going for day trips to Kanagawa or Karuizawa! A lot of parks have sakura every season so I think you can find them 🙂

  3. 5 Bobby's Queen 💙🍂 (@MhaiS21) May 28, 2018 at 2:51 PM

    Hello Cheryl! I absolutely adore the aesthetics of your photos. I cannot get enough of it and I’m really letting it all in when I look through your photos. It looks so beautiful!

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A university student in Tokyo who takes pictures and puts them on the Internet

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