Ueno Park Hanami 2015

Along with one million other people who spontaneously decided to take off work on Tuesday (after all, the cherry blossoms were in full bloom), I went with a friend to Ueno Park for Hanami.

My friend, who wishes to remain anonymous lest her reputation be tainted by scandal, doesn’t appear in the photos.

The weather was amazingly beautiful. Another great spring day.

I’ve described the photos below. And if you click on them you can see them in full resolution.

The sakura variety seems to be different from those along the Nakagawa. The ones in Ueno were mostly white, while the ones in my neighborhood have a pinkish cast to them.

I like what feels like a “cloud of sakura” in the stretch of trees.

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This one’s a panorama! So if you can click on it and pan from side to side you can see a lot of detail.

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Looking up at the cherry trees.

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People came early and reserved roped off spots for hanami parties. You can see some on the left.

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These people were really getting into the Hanami spirit. There’s beer, Mt. Fuji and, I’m not sure, but it could be Abraham Lincoln with sunglasses.

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Even Mahjong.

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Not to mention the cute “Sakura Inu.”

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We had lunch sitting down by the lotus pond (the lotus were not in bloom). This is a special inari zushi sakura set from a shop in Ueno station which specialized in inari zushi. Delicious!

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There was also one pink tree, which drew a big crowd.

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Mankai along the Nakagawa

It seems the cherry trees along the Nakagawa are in full bloom (mankai) – or pretty close to it – today!

A lot of photos, I know. But I did edit them down from over 40!

Spring is definitely here.

You can click on them to see the photos larger. The last one is a panorama, so if you click on it and then zoom in you can see a lot of detail going from left to right.

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