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    The Incline at Keage in Kyoto is the old train line where barges would come down from Lake Biwa to Kyoto. Close to Nanzenji, where you can still see the Aquaduct, the Incline is a popular place in Spring due to all of the beautiful [...]
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    Kiyamachi Dori in Kyoto is one of the well known streets in Kyoto city. The Takase river which was built in the 1600's to transport materials and goods between Kyoto and Osaka runs along the street.
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    Ninnaji (仁和寺) is a temple in Kyoto listed as a World Heritage Site. It is the head temple of the Omuro School of the Shingon sect of Buddhism and was founded in 888. As well as its religious hitory and background it is also famous for [...]
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    Another photo I took of the Kamogawa river area with Sakura here. This was a really nice afternoon walk with good weather and great atmosphere on the river bank.
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    As the Sakura season is finishing for another year, I took some shots on the weekend taking advantage of the good weather. Where did you enjoy the Sakura this year?
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    A while ago I showed a few HDR (High Dynamic Range) photos on the site which I had taken with my Nikon camera. One photo of HDR is actually made up of 5 shots that show the same scene at the same ISO level but with different lighting, [...]
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    A really nice day in Tokyo today with Sakura coming into full bloom. I captured these photos near Shibuya crossing.
  • Hamarikyu is a public garden in Tokyo that is within waking distance of Shinbashi or Hamamatscho Station on the Yamanote Line. Inside the gardens you can enjoy a green tea ceremony for a fee of 500 yen. The garden has many different [...]
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    With the rain in Tokyo coming after such a warm day yesterday, the Sakura trees were having a hard time figure out whether to bloom or fall. It looks like this coming weekend may see the start of some nice sakura fubuki shots. Sakura [...]
  • 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.
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    I went out to Ueno Park today to see the Sakura, which are at full bloom. As expected it was crowded with people enjoying the fine weather. There were many groups camped under the trees eating and drinking, with many more walking down [...]
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    April 1st every year is the start of a new financial year for most Japanese companies. Newly hired employees normally start work on this day, and you can see them out and about in their new suits trying to blend in with everyone. With [...]
  • Sakura season means lots of picnics and hanami. These kids are learning the tradition fast. The weather is a bit overcast today, but they seem to be enjoying their time under the sakura tree eating their snacks. Do you normally go [...]
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    Sakuragaoka-cho is located close to Shibuya Station just on the other side of Route 246. I have lived and worked here for a number of years, and it feels like a second home, or maybe it is my first one now. Although, I now live in [...]
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    I visited this donut cafe, Marui-to that had opened a while ago in Sakuragaoka-cho, Shibuya. They make the donuts on the premises and have many different variations to try. The donuts are small so you can select a few ^^. Are you a [...]
  • There are so many great foods in Japan to choose from. At close proximity you can find French, Italian, Spanish, US, Chinese, Indian and many more. Here is a quick selection of some eats I had yesterday. The scribble notes here refer [...]
  • Just came back from a 2 day trip to Sendai and brought back some Sakura tea with me. The Sakura leaves looked good in the cup and didn’t get in the way of me enjoying the Sakura taste. The tea actually tastes good but the [...]
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    I was walking up the hill at Sakuragaoka-cho when I came across this live jazz festival under the Sakura trees. Of course a Sakura festival is nothing without some treats to go with it. and treats are nothing without some free sake I [...]
  • 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 [...]
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    The prediction for Sakura to arrive in Tokyo this year was the 22 or 23rd of March. With the weather forecast for rain tomorrow, it looks like Monday 23 should be the best time for the Sakura to come out, at least in Shibuya. I took [...]
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    Nice touch of Spring here as the Ume blossom at Odaiba. Tokyo is set to have its first Sakura blossoming around the 22/23 of this month. Here is a really useful map that shows you the expected dates for the whole country. You need to [...]
  • Whilst it sounds like an obvious question there is no real good answer for “When is Spring?”. Traditionally we might look at crop cycles or blooming of new flower plants to define the changing seasons or other such events. [...]
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