Ueno Park was Japan’s first public park, opened in 1873. It has many attractions including a zoo, museums, a lake, temples and every year in April it is the destination for many to view the Sakura trees in full bloom.
Picture perfect for this picnic. Wish I could have sat down and joined in.
So many people enjoying themselves, whether they were sitting down and drinking or just walking on by.
Japanese life under the Sakura wave
The empty bottles are lined up, the drawings left behind. These guys are probably restocking and will be back soon.
Cameras out in force to document the great scene for many.
Lots of happy hanami revelers. Most people who drink too much seem to fall asleep.
Plenty of blue tarpaulin laid out for the lucky ones who have reserved their spot.
Rilakkuma slippers waiting for their owners to claim the space.
Somebody get that dog a beer !
So many different groups of people coming together to watch the sakura.
The sakura trees seem to come together to form a sea of cherry blossoms.
The crowds always come to Ueno Park to see the sakura at this time of year. On a fine, day like today, it can be very busy.
Local Shrine with some nice red color.
As at any good matsuri, there is always plenty to eat. Anyone for a flame warmed dango?
A mixture of many things. That bowl looks like it is ready for a clean.
Tasty corn ready to go. Any takers?
These looked really tasty. I realized after I took the photo that the pepper is just coming out of the container and hitting the meat.
Lots of heads bobbing along the road. Is that a tent off to the right?
The old style buildings in the background blend in nicely with the park scene.
Not the best lens for a closeup shot, but worth a go with some added bokeh.
Pretty in pink.
Is that a green dinosaur hanging out with Rilakkuma?
People everywhere. It was hard to focus on watching the sakura with so many people around.
Bright colored plastic lanterns help to mix up the color.
One of the many temple structures in the area.
People working their way through the crowds to get a photo. Lucky most people are using digital cameras, although I bet Kodak and Fuji are missing the good old analog print days.
Convergence of trees brings the pink sakura to a peak here.
Lanterns lit in the afternoon. Great atmosphere.
Not sure what this structures official name is. Anyone know?
The shade takes the color away from the trees a bit, but the mass of sakura still makes an impact.
Sakura, Sakura .... can just here the song playing in this photo ..... ^_^
Food deliveries were being made by stores. I think this guy might have got lost.
More happy scenes from hanami watchers.
Looks like a game of cards being enjoyed here.
Food, friends and drink. Great combination.
Everyone working their angles to get the best shot from the lower hanging branches of the tree.