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Spring Sakura in Tokyo

When we went to Tokyo, it was just in time for the cherry blossoms to bloom. I was very nervously checking cherry blossom forecasts as we didn’t want to miss seeing them. They bloom so all-of-a-sudden and fall off the branches so quickly, plus different breeds bloom at different times at different parts of Japan. I read up enough about the *very polite* culture there and learned a few things about the cherry blossom (sakura) season:

-BYOB for your hanami (cherry blossom viewing parties), ok.
-Disturbing other people’s hanami, not ok.
-Enjoy the sakura petals showering down, ok.
-Picking flowers off the branches, not ok.
-Picking up fallen petals or flowers off the ground, ok.
-Taking home a cherry blossom branch, def. NOT ok.

Flowers on the ground are ok to pick up!
Flowers on the ground are ok to pick up!

Imperial temple in spring
Imperial temple in spring

Look at how beautiful that is. How the grounds can stay brown instead of turning pink from all these petals is a mystery to me.

The significance of the cherry blossom tree in Japanese culture goes back hundreds of years. In their country, the cherry blossom represents the fragility and the beauty of life. It’s a reminder that life is almost overwhelmingly beautiful but that it is also tragically short.Homaro Cantu

Cherry blossom petals falling everywhere..
Cherry blossom petals falling everywhere..

Koi playing under these little pink floating island.
Koi playing under these little pink floating island.

When no one was looking, I stuffed- rather delicately- several petals and blossoms that have fallen to the ground in my pockets.. for pressing-between-some-heavy-book-page purposes.

Unbelievable shades of pink.
Unbelievable shades of pink.

There was cherry blossom everything everywhere, even whole sakura trees indoors and definitely around this adorbs Sakura Cafe in Marunouchi. I can only dream of flowers like these. Yes they’re real. How come flowers don’t grow this pretty in tropical climates?

Sakura Cafe in Marunouchi, Ginza
Sakura Cafe in Marunouchi

Before leaving for Tokyo, it was cherry blossom festival at the Tokyo Bubble Tea near the office. So I had to try this Sakura bubble tea.

Sakura bubble tea @ Tokyo Bubble Tea
Sakura bubble tea @ Tokyo Bubble Tea

Didn’t try that cake, as I couldn’t even figure out what the flavor was of that bubble tea. What does sakura even taste like for real?

Sakura cake @ Tokyo Bubble Tea
Sakura cake @ Tokyo Bubble Tea

The author: Crisel Eslao

Nose in book, bow in hair, pen in hand.