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Friday, April 12, 2024

Chasing Cherry Blossoms in Japan: A Dream Come True!

Hey everyone!

For years, we've been obsessed with the idea of seeing cherry blossoms in Japan. Pictures just don't do them justice – the delicate blooms, the vibrant colors, the whole all seemed so magical. Well, this year we finally made that dream a reality, and let us tell you, it was even more incredible than we ever imagined!

We landed in Tokyo in the dates which supposedly coincides with the published dates of the peak bloom season for many areas as per Japan weather bulletin. Despite the sudden weather change the city was still buzzing with excitement. People were everywhere, strolling under the blossoming trees, having picnics in parks, and snapping photos. The air was filled with a soft, sweet fragrance, and the whole scene felt like something out of a movie.

Our first stop was Ueno Park, a sprawling oasis in the heart of Tokyo. The Somei Yoshino cherry trees, the most common variety, were just starting to bloom because the weather got messed up and it had just snowed the other day so the early blooming cherry blossom were not in it's full glory yet. Their pale pink blossoms formed a canopy overhead, creating a tunnel of delicate beauty. I wandered through the park, mesmerized by the sights and sounds – the chattering crowds, the fluttering petals, the occasional burst of laughter. It was pure joy.

Over the next few days, we ventured to other iconic cherry blossom spots. We marveled at the weeping cherry trees in Nakai. The sole tree we saw has its branches cascading down like a waterfall but the pink Sakura is just starting to bloom. Not yet in it's full glory.

While In Araiyukushi temple in Nakano, the towering stalks of the delicate cherry blossoms were just starting to bloom too. Every location offered a unique perspective on this fleeting spectacle of nature. How we wish the original Sakura bulletin were on schedule. Then, it would have been perfect!

But it wasn't just about the aesthetics. Cherry blossoms in Japan are more than just beautiful flowers; they're a cultural touchstone. The tradition of Hanami, or cherry blossom viewing, is a celebration of spring, renewal, and the impermanence of life. Picnicking under the trees with friends and family, enjoying the beauty of the moment – it's a reminder to slow down and appreciate the simple things.

This trip was an unforgettable experience despite the Sakura bloom delay It wasn't just about ticking something off my bucket list; it was about immersing myself in a different culture and appreciating the beauty of nature. If you've ever dreamed of seeing cherry blossoms in Japan, I say do it!  It's truly a magical experience. And it would be better if all of the Sakura trees were in full bloom. I hope the Japan weather bureau would be more accurate next time around. I wish we would get a FREE all-expenses paid trip to Japan next year when all of the cherry trees is in full bloom!

Do you have any questions about my trip? Have you ever seen cherry blossoms in bloom? Share your experiences in the comments below!



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