Sakura in Tokyo, 2018

It felt like this spring was the best sakura (cherry blossom) season in Tokyo since I had moved here 7 years ago. The blossoms started early, but the weather during the full bloom was warm and less windy/rainy than I had experienced in the past.

I fully enjoyed the flowers by taking many walks and going hanami picnics.

March 17

Early blossoms outside of the Imperial Palace, where I biked along with my new battery-assisted e-bike.

First fully bloomed tree I saw this year, near Iidabashi Station.

March 23

Another one right above the railroad of Sōbu-Chūō Line at Iidabashi Station.

March 24

Walked around Akagi Jinja/Shrine.

The darker pink kind I spotted while my daughter Lisa played in a park.

March 25

This was the best day of the season for me. Sakura at their most beautiful time.

March 27

I took kids to a quick night picnic. Lisa liked it so much she kept saying she wanted to go again. Hopefully, we can do that next year!

March 31

Back at the Imperial Palace area — picnic at Kitanomaru Park with some local families.

April 1

Last hanami for the year at Koishikawa Botanical Garden. It was a windy day, and the fallen petals looked like snowflakes.

Sakura season is so short and unpredictable, but that makes it even more precious. 🌸

Gallery

March 2014 Photos

Collection of photos from last month.

It’s getting warmer in Tokyo – warm enough to enjoy ice cream outside 🙂
Toward the end of the month, we went for a walk to Inokashira Park 2-3 times a week to check out cherry blossoms.

At the beginning of the month, we had a family wedding reception with my parents, brother, Keita’s dad, and some of his relatives. I wore his aunt’s kimono.

A group of friends from Japanese WordPress community gave us really nice surprise gifts – flowers, boxes of baked goods, and message boards. The bouquets were the biggest ones I’ve ever received in my life.