o hanami

So, I took a lot of photos of the cherry blossoms. A lot. This isn’t even a quarter of them. I would love to write some brilliant post to go along with these about just how beautiful the whole celebration of cherry blossoms (hanami) is, both literally and figuratively. I have the post inside of my brain somewhere. But honestly, I have a lot of other things on my mind right now, none of which have anything to do with sakura or hanami, or which I’m prepared to blog about. (It’s been a bit of a rough week.) So, until I figure out how to get the thoughts in my head out, I hope you’ll just enjoy these photos. Already it’s taken me over a week to post these, so I hope you’ll also forgive my lack of editing (other than a crop or straighten here and there). Maybe someday I’ll get around to it…

DSC_0001 The canal by my apartment was an amazing place to take a bike and view the blossoms. And because I’m an early riser, I was out and about before most people had awoken from their drunken escapades of Friday night.

DSC_0005 DSC_0009 So amazing.


Everyone takes photos of the blossoms.

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Seriously, how did I get so lucky?

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There are other flowers out as it is spring. And they are also stunning.

DSC_0084 DSC_0088 DSC_0092 DSC_0109 DSC_0126 DSC_0143 DSC_0145 DSC_0149 DSC_0154 DSC_0165 DSC_0180 My new favorite scent. Daphne (above) is this lovely little flowering shrub that smells like heaven. I wish I could bottle it.

DSC_0191 DSC_0209 A beautiful path I came across as I was riding through Shinjuku. This is part of Waseda University. My alma-mater didn’t have anything like this.


This is the big park in Shinjuku (not the one right by my apartment…although I took a lot of photos in that park, as well). It was pretty dang crowded, and absolutely stunning.

DSC_0219 DSC_0259 DSC_0264 DSC_0265 DSC_0274 DSC_0277 DSC_0284 DSC_0310 DSC_0325 DSC_0340 DSC_0344 I loved this little girl taking a photo the couple. She’s pretty much adorable.

DSC_0357 DSC_0359 DSC_0366 DSC_0371 I wish even one of these photos accurately captured just how magnificent the cherry blossoms really are. And the feeling you get walking under them.

DSC_0375 DSC_0381 DSC_0393 DSC_0398 DSC_0402 DSC_0419 My little part of Tokyo. I might have pinched myself multiple times this day, wondering if my life was a dream.

DSC_0436 Shinjuku Gyoen (Park) is pretty big. No Central Park, but still impressive. This was my first time inside and I am smitten. It has different areas classified by the type of gardens. The one above is the French section. I can’t wait to go see this in the summer.

DSC_0438 So. Many. People.

DSC_0444 Posing.

DSC_0453 O hanami.


I took this on Sunday after church. I love that I get to go to church right next to the temple.

4 thoughts on “o hanami

  1. So jealous! My street is lined with cherry blossoms come spring and I know I’m going to leave for Florida just before it happens. Spring is my very favorite.

  2. so lovely! i am so happy that you are still there and got to experience the magic that is sakura season.

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