| Photo Diary | 1st Sakura

Nothing. No photos, no stories, no films could have prepared me for the profound beauty and stirring delicacy that experiencing sakura(cherry blossoms)season in Japan would impart upon my heart. 

The arrival of cherry blossoms is something deeply interwoven into Japanese hearts and tradition. And for ten London Springtimes, I've listened to Hiro praise sakura and reminisce of the ethereal beauty of the blossoms. So when he said that we were "going to chase sakura till we find them in Japan". I was so excited but also worried that the fleeting flowers would escape before we arrived. For weeks before our arrival in Japan, we watched the Sakura predictions with anxious apprehension. We watched the sakura maps dwindle as we saw reports that the blooms had left Kyoto, left Tokyo and so our chances of seeing them grew ever slimmer.

Then came the time that we travelled into the Japanese countryside. Rushing from bullet-train to tiny town and then to the middle of nowhere, taking each step with our fingers crossed. We eventually made it to Akayu a small town in Yamagata and our hearts soared when we approached the station and saw hundreds of cherry blossom trees crowning the hilltop. 

I had no idea that there were so many varieties of sakura. Some that flower pink, others more white. Some that drape and others that exude a most exquisite intoxicating fragrance. But it is not just about the flowers. It's the way that people celebrate them, families, couples, solitary watchers. They all look upwards with that same thoughtful gaze. Nothing could have faltered our smiles. Not only had we arrived on time to see the blossoms but we had arrived at the peak of the blooms. After this time, the blossoms would be spirited away by the prevailing winds.

I hope you like cherry blossoms as much as we do as we shall be uploading some more unique perspectives soon.

Wishing you all wonderful weekends.


  1. What a wonderful blog, and photos,and everything, ahhhhhhhhhhhh
    You make me dream, and there is nothing more soul opening than that.
    Thank you so much for your visit so i could find you back

  2. looks so amazing!!! how cool for you to be there in person!

  3. Wow, that's beautiful. I've never seen it in real life. It's definitely one of those things on my bucket list. Both my dad and my husband have told me how fleeting they are, but if you get a chance to see it, it's worth the chase.

  4. They are the magical pink clouds.. I love them. We make a yearly trip to do mini Hanami here in Seattle. And yes, they are but a fleeting moment before the green leaves replace the pink clouds.

  5. I can only imagine how magical it must have been, not only to experience the sakura in Japan but to experience them as part of a collective. There is something about living through an experience with others - the only one that comes to mind for me is watching the French national football team play, and win, against Brasil with 80,000 other fans in Paris - that makes it feel that much more profound that if you were to live through it alone.

  6. their cherry blossom trees are absolutely gorgeous! thanks for sharing.

  7. I can totally understand that your hearts soared after seeing this. It's like a dream!

  8. So so so amazing, I hope one day I get to see them here...adore them. Amazing wonders xx

  9. it's absolutely beautiful and you are so so right. it is more than flowers - it's the way people celebrate it. that is beautiful in itself. xx

  10. So beautiful and how wonderful that the Japanese revere this time of the year.


  11. Aaaahhh, so jealous! Makes me want to go back to Japan during spring again. There is such a feeling of reverence when you're the midst of sakura in full bloom. The draping ones, called shidarezakura, are my favorite. The most amazing sakura that we saw were gyoiko, which is the green sakura. We still feel so blessed that we got to see it. Looking forward to seeing your other sakura pictures.



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