On the Road: Sakura in Tokyo, Cherry Blossom Trees Festival

As spring approaches, cherry blossoms’ bloom and Japan is, no doubt, the place to be and to celebrate sakura, the enchanted time of renewal and hope, beauty and new life.

Hanami, the tradition of flower gazing, is a ritual in Japan [see my photo essays here]. In Tokyo, Ueno Park is the meeting point for the local devotees, who go to picnic with friends and relatives, to commemorate sakura with the typical bento boxes and a lot of sake.

A cloud of cherry blossoms;

The temple bell,-

Is it Uneno, is it Asakusa?

Matsuo Basho

I brought great memories from Tokyo! Ueno Park is, definitely, one of my favorite places in the japanese capital: I remember to spend hours and hours in this green paradise, home to over a thousand cherry blossom trees.

Another highlight of these festive days is to wait until the evening and take part of yozakura, the moment when lights and lanterns are laced into the trees’ branches, so the flowers appear to glow in the dark.

Moon at twilight

a cluster of petals falling

from the cherry tree

Masaoka Shiki

As many of you know, I write poetry and in the last few years I posted hundreds of haikus here in my blog. It is for me very logical (and especially touching) this connection between beauty and creativity. 

Among other reasons, it explains why I truly admire the japanese culture: the cult of constancy and the importance of waiting, to improve and refine ourselves. Isn´t that what we try to do every day a little?


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35 responses to “On the Road: Sakura in Tokyo, Cherry Blossom Trees Festival

  1. Fascinating photos, PedroL! You bring back some fond memory of my trip to Japan three years ago. I was there at the end of the sakura season, so only a handful of trees had flowers. But they still looked awesome though 🙂 Have a nice weekend!

    • that’s so nice, and i know what you mean when you say the photos brought you memories from your trips, it also happens to me 🙂 have a great weekend Len!! PedroL

  2. Tenho um fascínio imenso por essas arvores. Um dia gostaria de as poder ver assim, todas juntas a florir no Japão. Deve ser algo único e recordável para sempre. Um abraço forte PedroL. Espero que te encontres bem.

    • I really hope you manage to go and check the cherry blossom trees by yourself, I’m sure you will love it 🙂 have a great weekend, PedroL

  3. Como gostaria de estar no Japão nesta altura! Também sei que é lindo no Outono… mas talvez o melhor sejam várias visitas 😀

    • ahah é mesmo, varias visitas… ou uma só, que se arraste ao longo do tempo! a vontade que tenho de fazer isso 😉 força, PedroL

  4. Hello Pedro! Wonderful haiku and photos! i read that Hiroshima had the earliest Sakura blooms this year, only the second time in history. Your whole blog site is very nice! Impressive! Inspiring! Cheers!

    • Wish I could travel around Japan to document Sakura as it starts in the different cities eheh thank you so much for your kind words Sydney 🙂 PedroL

      • Sadly Japan He’s not doing well with their third state of emergency during Covid and has a lot of variant strains and mutations. Pray for Japan! Hopefully we can return there soon. Best wishes thanks for your comment. Sorry I’m slow sometimes I never see these things!

    • Hey, thanks for the comment 🙂 didn’t know about Chidorigafuchi, but will check it out for a future visit eheh have a great week 🙂 PedroL

  5. When I lived in Japan, just west of Tokyo, Sakura-dori or Cherry Street was right near me. It was lined with cherry trees all across town. Magical in spring! I loved Ueno Park for the sakura and for the lake filled with lotus plants.

    • Oh Ruth, you must have such great memories from Japan and your experience there eheh thanks for the comment and have a lovely week 🙂 PedroL

  6. These are some amazing pictures! I haven’t been able to visit Japan during sakura (hopefully one day!), but Ueno park is still a lovely place even in other seasons 💞

    • Thanks for your comment 🙂 yeah, Ueno Park is definitely ‘the place’ to be during Sakura eheh however, and thanks to another fellow bloggers, there are other amazing places in Tokyo too, feel free to check their comments eheh have a great week, cheers! PedroL

  7. I wanted to visit Japan last year, but the whole Corona situation ruined my travel plans.
    Hopefully next year I’ll make it – this is an absolute dream country for me. (BTW: I am also a fan of Basho’s haikus)

    • Thanks a lot for taking some time to comment 🙂 if you’re a Basho fan you will love even more the Sakura, the ritual and all around it, I believe it says so much about the local culture! It is, undoubtedly, something truly unique and amazing to experience 🙂 have a great week, PedroL

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