Monday, April 6, 2009

Sakura 2009 - In Pictures

It’s that time of the year again in Japan. People go slightly crazy. Or not so slightly, depending on how you look at it. And this year, I have willingly joined them. Brandishing three different cameras (I drew the line at a tripod, though) the man and I took to the streets. We blended right in.

Cherry blossom cemetery

And then, in the evening we repeated the exercise by moonlight and carefully positioned flood lights.

Sakura night futara 6

Yes, it’s cherry blossom viewing season again. And I’m embarrassed to admit, I’ve done both the day AND night viewing this year.

Cherry blossom red shrine 1

What can I say? I was bored. The weather was nice. I found a Nikon D200 in the storage room of the house where we’re staying (that's NO joke - a real, but very dusty Nikon D200). And the best part? Admiring cherry blossoms is free. That’s a very important part, because we’re totally and utterly broke.

Sakura night futara 2

And at least cherry blossoms are pretty, as opposed to, let’s say, traffic accidents or drunken salarymen. But when the sakura season is over, who knows what I might begin to stare at. The possibilities are endless, this is after all, Japan.

Cherry la park

And again at night:

Sakura night parco 2

All photos taken in Utsunomiya.

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