Sakura Sakura {Japanese Cherry Blossoms}

I was told the cherry blossoms in Japan represent life: beautiful but fleeting. They bloom only for about a week before the snow blossoms drift down. A friend and I visited the Sankeien Garden in Yokohama for their night viewing of the sakura. It was incredibly beautiful to see the blossoms lit up against the dark of night. We made a stop into one of the open restaurants and tried this doughy rice flour dessert. And then we laughed so hard I almost choked on the thing. After trying to cut it in half with chopsticks, I gave up and put the whole thing in my mouth. I wasn’t expecting the warm gooeyness and unable to chew it or swallow it whole, I couldn’t stop laughing at the unexpected texture and predicament I found myself in. Lets just say we had a few curious looks from the rest of the patrons. It was oddly delicious though.

The Sankeien Garden also has a lotus flower early morning viewing  in late July. The garden is fairly stroller friendly, with just a few steps and off road areas to maneuver. The cost was 500 yen for adults, 200 yen for elementary school children and there was a paid parking lot attached.

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Here’s a few more around Tokyo of the cherry blossoms. The weeping cherry is my favorite I think. (There’s over 100 different varieties in Japan.) These were taken near the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.

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And lastly the sakura right outside our townhouses. What a treat waking up to them. One day they were full and gorgeous and the next they were gone.

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Snowing sakura…

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Next year I’ll try and partake in the tradition of hanami and picnic with the rest of Japan under the cherry blossoms. :)

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