NSFW: VERY heavy images of fluffy pink ahead. You’ve been warned.
I still remember the very first time I saw sakura, it was when I was sitting still on-boarded the train to the city from the airport. As I used the cheapest train ticket, the slow train took its time crossing the ocean and finally hit its first stop at a small station located right next to a residential area.
And there it was. On the fence of the station, a mature full-bloomed sakura tree standing gracefully swaying by the wind pouring its wonderful petals. I was in a moment. And in that almost empty train, I immediately stood and headed my way to the train door kind of wishing to chase it but couldn’t as the train started to move on. Some Japanese smiled at me as if they know why I did what I did. I was sakurastruck ❤
So you wanna visit Japan when the Japanese are all relaxed and sweet? Spring is the best time. Even the Tokyonites will slow down the pace a bit and glow in a bliss enjoying the rare sakura viewing (Hanami). From mothers and their children, pet owners, even company employees having their lunch under the tree with sake served during mid-day. They lunch, do selfies, sunbath, read, sleep, flirts, and some even sing their hearts out! *pretty much influenced by the sake, though*. They enjoy life after the cold winter and welcoming summer in their own magical yet simple ways. It truly is a scene comes alive just like in the mangas I read! ahem
So without further ado, enjoy my photos and videos below taken from various places in Japan.
SAKURA VIEWING (HANAMI) IN KAWAGUCHIKO LAKE.
Here’s a short video I took while I was strolling around Fuji Omuro Sengen Shrine in Kawaguchiko. No background music as I want to present you with the real experience. Taken only by my phone, so excuse the low quality and wobbly hand.
SAKURA VIEWING (HANAMI) IN SHINJUKU GYOEN
SAKURA VIEWING (HANAMI) IN OSAKA, KYOTO, AND VARIOUS PLACES IN TOKYO