Trials and Tribulations of a Young New Yorker and His Travels

Sakura

Sakura is the Japanese term for cherry blossom trees and have been part of Japanese art and culture for centuries.  Starting in the south of Japan, the cherry trees start to blossom in late March and spreads north into April. I was lucky enough to visit at the right time and was able to catch the end of the cherry blossom season in Tokyo.

Up close view of a cherry blossom tree

Up close view of a cherry blossom tree

Cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen Park

Cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen Park

All across the city, beautiful streets and parks become more visually appealing as the trees turn different hues of pink. What is great about this time of year is not just that it is beautiful, but also the celebration that comes with it. It is Japanese tradition to celebrate Sakura and the changing seasons, which brings thousands of people to parks to sit under the trees and eat and drink with friends.

Eating and drinking under the sakura trees

Eating and drinking under the sakura trees

I was fortunate enough to be invited by the family I was staying with to meet their friends in a park on the outskirts of Tokyo. This increadibly unique and authentic experience has definitely been one of my favorite so far. I got to sample all types of homemade cooking, Japanese beer and even Sakura wine. One guy even started playing some of his own music on a guitar like instrument native to his home in Okinawa.

I think the pictures will speak for themselves and that you can see how great an experience Sakura has been.

Same view, more people

Same view, more people

Tokyo skyline with cherry blossom tree in Gyoen Park

Tokyo skyline with cherry blossom tree in Gyoen Park

Temple in Asakusa

Temple in Asakusa

Cherry Blossom on Imperial Palace grounds

Cherry Blossom on Imperial Palace grounds

Cherry blossom trees in Ueno Park

Cherry blossom trees in Ueno Park

Sukura trees at dusk

Sukura trees at dusk

Street lined with sakura trees

Street lined with sakura trees

....and another street....

….and another street….

....and another

….and another

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