In Full Bloom

Cherry blossom, or sakura, season is one of the most beautiful AND popular times of year in Japan. Delicate, baby pink petals float on trees all over the country, and cities celebrate their magic with festivals and illuminations. One of my favorite places in Tokyo to enjoy the splendor of these tiny florets is along the Meguro River. I shot this photo (and so many others) on the first day of the Naka-Meguro Sakura Festival (March 24, 2018). Several small bridges connect the streets throughout the course of the river, making them great spots to take pictures. The streets on both sides of the river are lined with brilliant pink and white lanterns and stalls selling sakura-themed foods and drinks (the sakura infused sparkling rose is AMAZING!). This year, the celebration goes through April 10, 2018.

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