Cherry Blossoms on the Nakameguro River in Tokyo

The true arrival of Spring in Japan is marked by one event above all others – hanami! Cherry Blossom viewing may be an age old Japanese tradition, but unlike many other traditions, it shows no signs of fading. Pretty much every person that you meet in Japan – young, old, and anywhere in between – loves to get out and view beautiful cherry blossoms, see the smiling faces and hear the laughter of friends and strangers, eat good food and drink, and just generally have fun and celebrate how great life can be.

In the wake of the devastating earthquake which hit Japan on March 11, 2011, this hanami has taken on some additional importance to many people. It’s given those who were shaken up a chance to celebrate a new beginning and say, “We’re down, but not out – let’s keep moving forward and work toward a brighter future together!” A few of Japan’s more grumpy politicians suggested that hanami may not be appropriate this year because of the earthquake, but judging by the large crowds at various Tokyo parks, it looks like most residents rejected that idea and opted instead to look on the bright side and make an effort to go on with their lives, even when bad things happen.

Because of the trouble in Japan, we know that many foreigners were forced to cancel trips to see the cherry blossoms in person this year. We hope that you are able to reschedule and have your own hanami in Japan next year, but in the meantime we wanted to share some photos with you. These pictures were taken last week in Nakameguro, along the Nakameguro River. It’s not the best place for a traditional hanami because it’s not an open park setting, but it’s one of the most beautiful places in the city to view cherry blossoms – and there are food (and wine) vendors all along the river. It’s a very nice atmosphere and we highly recommend a visit if you’re ever in Tokyo during cherry blossom season.

Enjoy the Nakameguro cherry blossom pictures and remember that you can click on any of them to see bigger versions – and these photos do look better big. Happy hanami everyone!

Cherry Blossoms in Nakameguro Tokyo
Cherry Blossoms in Nakameguro Tokyo
Cherry Blossoms in Nakameguro Tokyo
Cherry Blossoms in Nakameguro Tokyo
Cherry Blossoms in Nakameguro Tokyo
Cherry Blossoms in Nakameguro Tokyo
Cherry Blossoms in Nakameguro Tokyo
Cherry Blossoms in Nakameguro Tokyo
Cherry Blossoms in Nakameguro Tokyo
Cherry Blossoms in Nakameguro Tokyo
Cherry Blossoms in Nakameguro Tokyo
Cherry Blossoms in Nakameguro Tokyo
Cherry Blossoms in Nakameguro Tokyo
Cherry Blossoms in Nakameguro Tokyo
Cherry Blossoms in Nakameguro Tokyo
Cherry Blossoms in Nakameguro Tokyo
Cherry Blossoms in Nakameguro Tokyo
Cherry Blossoms in Nakameguro Tokyo
Cherry Blossoms in Nakameguro Tokyo
Cherry Blossoms in Nakameguro Tokyo
Cherry Blossoms in Nakameguro Tokyo
Cherry Blossoms in Nakameguro Tokyo
Cherry Blossoms in Nakameguro Tokyo
Cherry Blossoms in Nakameguro Tokyo
Cherry Blossoms in Nakameguro Tokyo

Cherry Blossoms in Nakameguro Tokyo

 

Click any of the cherry blossom pictures to see them in high resolution!

32 Comments

  1. 1.

    Tobi (April 19, 2011)

    Thank you :) The pictures make me smile.

  2. 2.

    Yuki (April 19, 2011)

    pretty!! ^_^

  3. 3.

    monse (April 19, 2011)

    KAWAII^^

  4. 4.

    nay (April 19, 2011)

    Oh my goooossshhh –
    This all blossom Looks amazing.
    wish i was there..
    >_<

  5. 5.

    Dominique (April 19, 2011)

    it’s so beautiful

  6. 6.

    fayth (April 19, 2011)

    lovely . awesome . beautiful . ^^b

  7. 7.

    Carmen (April 19, 2011)

    pretty~~~~!!! LOVE IT!

  8. 8.

    STARTIST (April 19, 2011)

    OHHHH! Beautiful people n beautiful NATURE…I hope radiation does not DESTROY trees there…B safe!

  9. 9.

    TokyoTrekker (April 19, 2011)

    So so beautiful. Wish I could be there. April in Japan….it’s the best. Thanks for uploading all these photos.

  10. 10.

    Dahlia (April 19, 2011)

    Wow! So beautiful! Made my day! :)
    Thank you for sharing!

  11. 11.

    J lee (April 19, 2011)

    such a nice place..i love tokyo !!

  12. 12.

    LuvChul (April 19, 2011)

    Amazing job .

    Those photos are just more than gorgeous

    Really wish I were there.

  13. 13.

    Mer (April 19, 2011)

    Amazing pictures!! Thank you!

  14. 14.

    Robyn (April 19, 2011)

    Beautiful!

  15. 15.

    non sibi (April 20, 2011)

    BEAUTIFUL…. THANK YOU….

  16. 16.

    slavo (April 20, 2011)

    stunning nature over there ;-)

  17. 17.

    Bella (April 20, 2011)

    Oh it’s so beautiful ! I wanna go there. >.<

  18. 18.

    Ohh (April 20, 2011)

    ohhh it makes me an inspired for design clothes :P

  19. 19.

    sara paris (April 23, 2011)

    soo pretty!!

  20. 20.

    Catherine Ohio (April 23, 2011)

    Thank you. That is so beautiful; I wish I could see the blossoms in person!

  21. 21.

    Lisa (April 23, 2011)

    I was there about the same time for some hanami this year, felt very fortunate to be a part of it! Absolutely stunning! ^^) b
    Thanks for sharing better pics than I took, haha! ;)

  22. 22.

    Pepperoni (April 24, 2011)

    Sooo pretty.:D I wish I could’ve seen them myself.

    The place looks great from all angles.

  23. 23.

    Choco-Chan (May 5, 2011)

    really pretty !! want to be there ♥

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  25. 25.

    Christiane Hellen Alacantara (May 29, 2011)

    Adorei, simplismente lindo e magnifico.*-*
    Sonho em um dia ver com os meus próprios olhos sz

  26. 26.

    Nessie (June 23, 2011)

    BEAUTIFUL! ohmygosh *A* ww it makes me wanna jump on a plane to japan right this moment~

  27. 27.

    Cla (June 23, 2011)

    Hermosisimas las fotos!!, como me encantaría estar ahí :)

  28. 28.

    Kosho (August 17, 2011)

    Kirei! wow this is amazing! i’ve been looking at these photo’s but i forgot to post!

  29. 29.

    Monica (August 25, 2011)

    I wish I lived there. I LOVE taking pictures of flowers, and these are amazing…. All I have are peach blossoms and these freaky fruit flowers in my backyard.

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    あくま悪魔 (February 12, 2013)

    I hope to see more cherry blossom photos from you this spring! You have such an amazing talent. I feel as if I am there!

  31. 31.

    rei (April 19, 2013)

    sakura-TOKYO FASHIONFASHION

  32. 32.

    Ede (September 30, 2014)

    Very beautiful

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