In Japanese they have a saying at this time of year, it roughly translates to ‘three days cold, four days warm’, beckoning in the spring after a long cold winter. Spring is a perfect time in Japan, mostly due to the cherry blossom bloom – bustling cities, sleepy villages, pretty parks and peaceful temples are transformed into other worldly dreamscapes, sprinkled with a layer of fluffy pink petals. Friends and family descend on the local parks for hanami, picnicking beneath the cherry trees with a plentiful supply of sake.
I took these photos at a hanami with some friends of mine.
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