My first spring in Japan and it is mesmerizing.
With all the changes and adjusting to life here, I completely forgot it was cherry blossom viewing weekend! I ended up just going out for a walk to a local shopping mall for some items, and on my way out I saw a crowd all heading across the street in the same direction. Naturally, my curiosity got the better of my and I joined in on this mini migration. This tactic has proven successful before in other countries, so I figured why not?
Much to my surprise and delight, I discovered a foot path winding around a pond completely encircled by the flower covered branches of cherry blossom trees! People young and old were walking or bicycling or simply sitting on benches and blankets, their only goal in that moment was to enjoy the flowers. At the risk of sounding cheesy, it was a little magical. I later looked up the park and it was called Mukaiyama Ryokuchi Park, cute and tucked away, right off the highway.
So I took a lazy stroll around the pond as well, joining the locals, stopping to take a few pictures along the way. The sky was a clear blue, the sun warm, and the ever present wind even seemed to settle down for a little bit that afternoon. Or that might have just been my imagination… it’s very windy here. All the time.
I took the long way back to the apartment, opting to follow the river instead of Google maps and it was another good idea. I didn’t realize just how many of the trees lining the banks and street corners were cherry trees. There were pockets of blossoms everywhere!
I didn’t take part in a hanami party, a party exclusively meant for enjoying and viewing the blossoms (best performed with a blanket and picnic lunch in a park), but I did enjoy my “create your own cherry blossom viewing adventure”, which let’s be honest, is more my style anyway!