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Sakura in Sakuragaoka-cho

Sakura coming out slowly this year - Sakuragaoka-cho
Sakura coming out slowly this year - Sakuragaoka-cho
With the cold weather, the Sakura have taken a while to come out. Most years we tend to have one day which is really warm and the Sakura bloom quickly only to be washed away a few days later by the rain. This year, we haven’t had a really warm day yet.

This is a street in Sakuragaoka-cho, Shibuya (渋谷区桜丘町), aptly named Sakura Hill. I took a photo the other day to compare the difference between pre-Sakura and blooming Sakura. Here is the photo from the other day. (Compare to the photo above)

Sakuragaoka-cho before the Sakura bloom
Sakuragaoka-cho before the Sakura bloom

There are many festivals on at this time of the year and the local community work to light up the Sakura at night and plan events.

Sakura Matsuri
Sakura Matsuri
Sakura by night
Sakura by night

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Shibuya246 March 31, 2009 at 8:25 am

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timt. March 31, 2009 at 11:57 pm

because the 3 times i have been to tokyo it has been during sakura time! but, i would really like to go in the autumn sometime – they say that thats tokyoites favorite time of the year.

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Shibuya246 April 1, 2009 at 3:37 am

Autumn is a great time. Spring is busy at companies with the new year starting and coming out of Winter there are always a few surprise cold days before the weather gets good. Autumn is quieter and better weather. Seeing the leaves fall off the trees in the parks is nice too.

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amai April 3, 2009 at 3:58 am

Sakura are so beautiful. Spring in Japan can't be beat in my opinion, not only because of the gorgeous flowers but also because of the feeling of a new start.

Autumn is a close second though =P

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shibuya246 April 3, 2009 at 1:09 pm

Yes, that new start feeling is great isn’t it. Spring feels like not just the changing of a season, but the start of all things new and fresh!

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