It’s Sakura season again in some parts of Japan. The time of year when the cherry trees blossom, filling the streets with beauty. Some of my students showed me their photos, and I can't help but reminisce back to the time I myself witnessed Sakura season in all it's glory.
I traveled to Japan in March of 2015, when Spring had just begun. Although Spring is Sakura season, I didn’t expect to see the cherry blossoms. The initial forecast for Tokyo was in April and I would back in the Philippines by that time.
Japan was bitter cold when I arrived, but for some reason, it relented and warmed after a week. Climate change or just mother nature being moody? I could not tell but I am glad it happened for this was the reason Sakura bloomed earlier than expected and I was lucky to be there to witness it!
First Glimpse in Kyoto
Hanami in Tokyo
After a few days in Kyoto, we went back to Tokyo where there were more Sakura in bloom! I didn’t want to leave Kyoto yet but being surrounded with more of cherry blossoms made the return trip more wonderful.
I stayed at my Okaasan’s place in Mitaka, a quiet residential area within Tokyo, which was absolutely beautiful. I didn’t see a lot of people during my first week here but everyone’s suddenly out for the Hanami which is the Japanese tradition of viewing the cherry blossoms or gathering under these trees for picnics and drinks.
My Okaasan told me that Sakura only lasts a few weeks, but because they have two species, another type would be blooming after this one. It’s still a short period though, which makes them appreciate it’s beauty all the more. It was amazing how locals and tourists alike were outside, appreciating Sakura.
And I Still Couldn't Get Enough
I have seen several cherry blossoms but you can't just get enough. It's all different and beautiful if you would look closer.
Sakura is Everywhere, It's like Heaven on Earth!
During this season, you can find Sakura at parks, in neighborhoods and even at the malls. It's everywhere! My Okaasan told me they even have a Sakura doctor. No wonder they are able to maintain all these stunning trees everywhere.
It's really amazing how Japan has maintained all of this beauty everywhere. It's no wonder some people chase Sakura, starting in the south, following the blooming as it moves north. You just have to be more flexible of your travel plans and go where the Sakura is. <3