The Lovely and Magical Sakura
Hello everyone ! I am back and feeling as fresh as the flowers here in Japan which started to bloom and bring color to our surroundings. As a matter of fact, my friends and I are planning to go to a park and maybe I could feature those flowers in my next blog. Here is a sample picture of amazing flowers at Showa Kinen Park in Tachikawa, Tokyo (picture grabbed from Japan Today facebook post) which runs until May 25. I am excited to see them!
Beautiful flowers at Showa Kinen Park.
For this moment, let me share to you my cherry blossom experience which is really huge in Japan. I waited so much for this season for I am really amazed by the pictures that I have seen even before I was in Philippines. I am telling you that it is really pretty and I felt like a princess or an anime maybe, while walking under the sakura trees!
My first sakura experience — magical!
"Hanami" is the centuries-old practice of having a picnic under the sakura tree. Tracing back to its past, hanami is said to be started during the Nara Period (710-794) when the sakura blossoms and people were captivated by its beauty. Under the sakura trees , people had lunch and drank sake in cheerful feasts. Hanami festivals celebrate the beauty of the cherry blossom and a chance to celebrate with family and friends while relaxing and enjoying under the sakura tree.
My friends and I decided to go to Ueno park and experience our first hanami together. It was so much fun although the park is really crowded and it is difficult to find a spot so I suggest you to go early. However, we are so lucky we got the perfect place (kinda shady, near trash cans and toilets). We ate , drank, sang, danced and made bubbles! It was an incredible day at the park.
My friends and I under the sakura tree.
We ate and drank! 'Twas so fun!
We danced to the tune of our own voices. haha!
We have guests too!
..And I made bubbles too! Kids were so amazed and happy!
I have been very in love with the cherry blossoms that I always wanted to go to the park and admire its beauty. I am so lucky that during my way to school and way back home I can view the sakura trees which are just lining up in Higashi Nakano Station , the station I always take.
Higashi-nakano station with its wonderful cherry blossoms.
However, it wasn’t enough. I even went alone in the park (Inokashira Park near Kichijoji station) and have picnic there (But I am studying because I need to submit my reports. Haha). But at least I have a change of environment and I really liked it.
Studied and ate while watching people passing by.
I rested under the tree.
…too bad I haven't tried this one. Looks pretty cool.
Overall, I had my sakura season very memorable and fun. I just wished that I could spend it as well with all of my friends who are dear to me. Unfortunately, some has hay fever and cannot really stay outside for a long period. But at least we remember them in our hearts!
Until my next blog.
With love from Tokyo,
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The Lovely and Magical Sakura