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Cherry blossoms (at last!!)

April 3rd, 2018

This was taken during a long walk to see the cherry blossoms (at last!!)—this is across the moat from Kitanomaru park, which flanks the Imperial Palace grounds.
This was taken during a long walk to see the cherry blossoms (at last!!)—this is across the moat from Kitanomaru park, which flanks the Imperial Palace grounds
 

During the months of March and April, Tokyo undergoes a transformation. Neighborhoods, rivers, parks, and temples become shrouded in white and pink. Cherry blossom season is, perhaps, a bit like our Christmas—a time in which people forget time, to soak in the sakura for a few blissful and carefree hours. Some do it by foot; others reserve spots in parks for cherry blossom parties, a.k.a. ohanami, for the perfect combination of food, drink, friends, and flowers. I tried both—after wandering from Yasukuni shrine to Kitanomaru park, I took a break and did my own small hanami (sitting on a rock near bicycles, with a convenience store lunch), during which I found out that watching people viewing the blossoms is just as fun as viewing the blossoms themselves.

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I also stopped by Yasukuni shrine to imbibe the pink scenery...
I also stopped by Yasukuni shrine to imbibe the pink scenery...
 

 

Onae parker

Onae Parker is a linguistics and Japanese major at the University of Iowa. Winner of a 2018 Gilman International Scholarship award, she will be spending the semester in Tokyo, Japan, as part of the University of Meiji Exchange program.

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