hanami

Tokyo Spring 2018 Day 3 & 4

I know it's been FOREVER since this trip and this post is super long overdue, but here they are. I spent one of those days mostly at the Shinjuku Gyoen Park, a very famous spot for hanami (cherry blossom viewing) and got some beautiful flicks of sakuras and the people enjoying them. The next set of photos features more popular hanami spots - Sumida Park and the Imperial Temple. As you can see it was super crowded with tourists, but it didn't stop me from getting that shot! I ended that evening with one of the best meals I had in my life, an udon shop called Maruka at Jimbocho area and then went to a yozakura (nighttime cherry blossom viewing) called Rikugien Garden.

Tokyo Midtown in Roppongi

As some of you may or may not know, this is my second visit to Japan - the first one was actually during the grand opening of this very website (shoutout to all the day 1's!) and the very first posts on here were from that trip. Fast forward 2 years later (where has all the time gone...) I make my comeback trip, and I gave it a bit more justice than the mere 4 days I was here last time to a whopping TWO weeks! I also spent my entire time here in Tokyo, because the city is so vast and so busy that you couldn't possibly knock it out within just a few days.

There are plenty of photos to come - don't worry - but to start off a huge spam of posts (you have been warned!) I wanted to share one of my favorite sakura spots I found in Tokyo during the hanami season, a true blessing to witness.

Found in the Roppongi district, cherry blossom trees surround a central park and around the streets, making a gorgeous photo that can be taken on a bridge. Lots of people come out to walk their pets or see the views and have picnics under the trees - this activity is called hanami, which means flower viewing. However, this spot shines much brighter (quite literally) at night, where the lights illuminate the cherry blossoms and change colors, and bring out arguably an even bigger crowd during the evening - known as yozakura, which means flower viewing at night. Enjoy some snaps I took both in the daytime and evening, as I traveled to this exact same spot twice in the same day, to take these one of a kind photos!