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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Yozakura - night cherry blossom


Meiji Jingu Gaien yozakura.
Yozakura means “night cherry blossom,” and, as such, has a recognized place in the Japanese spring canon. As expected, it has associations with the more seminal aspects of beauty - its forbidden and passionate side.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, Shinjuku.
This year’s cherry blossom season is now at its peak (mankai) and Tokyo’s parks, in particular Shinjuku Gyoen and Ueno Park, were seething with picnickers vying for a coveted place under today’s cascading branches and blue skies.

Parking lot alongside Shinjuku Gyoen, Shinjuku.
Even by evening the streets were fuller than usual and there was a carnival sheen to the general atmosphere of the city. Nevertheless, the cherry blossom viewing crowds were gone and the cherry blossom were left in solitude, sometimes grand...

Outside Shinjuku Gyoen.
...sometimes wistful

Yotsuya 3-chome.
Whether gracing main streets or decorating hidden corners of the city, the sakura-in-shadow each weaving spells of their own.
In the schoolyard...

Yotsuya No.6 Junior High School.
By the riverside...

Kanda River, Nakano-sakashita, Tokyo.
and roadside...

Meiji Jingu Gaien, Tokyo.
lightly trembling in the cool, fragrant, dark spring air.

Meiji Jingu Gaien, Tokyo.

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