Rendezvous with cherry blossoms

My first hanami experience was in mid-spring of 2015. I was literally embarking on a sakura hunt as I  hopped from the streets of Kyoto, Shinjuku Gyoen, Ueno Park, Sumida River Park to the Imperial palace just to not miss the precious glimpses of the delicate petals. I fell head over heels in love with sakura, and just watching and soaking in the transient beauty was heaven.

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Caught a lovely bus dressed in flamingo hue moving past white sakura blooms  which were lightly tinged with pink at a Kyoto street.

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Sakura of many shades of pink blooming over the fence.

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Somehow, sakura and railway exuded a very nostalgic feeling. White sakura appearing like glistening snow crowned the trees.

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White on pink

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Crystal clear lake at Shinjuku Gyoen reflecting beauty in all its glory

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The scene which puts you at the moment- when free-spirited sakura petals hovered and danced in the air as the chilly wind liberated them, before raining down on the sparkling lake.

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Imprinting my footstep on a carpet of flowers.

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Don’t they look like dainty dancers?

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Fallen petals graced the earth, bestowing upon the grasses a gentle-soft-pink-cloak.

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Crowds of youngsters accentuated the liveliness of sakura in spring at Ueno Park.

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Brightly lit-lanterns lending some shimmer to the spring blossoms when night fell.

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The queen of spring was flanked by splashes of green at the Imperial palace.

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My last moment of catching up with sakura at Sumida River Park. The sakura branches intercalated with each other forming a mesmerizing pink canopy over me as I sauntered down the lane.

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Sakura in spring is as magical as fairies in the woods, leaving a timeless impression in you for many years to come.

 

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