Sunday, April 12, 2015

A Sassenach amongst the Sakura

Springtime in Japan brings one of the most gorgeous events I have ever witnessed... the blooming of the cherry blossoms.. or Sakura, as they are called here. 

Sakura season can begin anywhere from the end of March to early May across Japan, depending on where you live. We are on the outskirts of the Tokyo area, so our predicted bloom week was the 1st weekend in April. However, some unseasonably warm weather caused the blooms to open about a week early. So my little & I grabbed the camera after school one day & took a walk around the base to admire the blooms in all their glory!

The first stop on our walk, were the trees right outside our apartment!
How lucky are we?!
The beauty of the sakura is far more amazing than my words could convey.. so I'll let the pictures do the talking!

These little fingers were itching to hold a delicate cherry blossom!
I adore this photo... it captures the delicate beauty of the blossom, but also my little boy who is forever getting his hands dirty on our nature walks.

We also ventured across the base to a housing area with a larger section of sakura lined streets.
Here we walked amongst the rays of sunshine, softly falling petals, and singing birds.

Sadly the beauty of Sakura season is very short lived. 
These glorious, but delicate, flowers only last two weeks at best.
We are so lucky to be able to look forward to experiencing this again during our time here.


  1. How gorgeous Ashley!!! I had no idea there were white ones. For some reason I thought they were all pink. It looks like a fairy land. Your photos are beautiful!

    1. I looove the Sakura!! most around the base are white, but there are a few pink ones!! and some look like weeping willows! *swoon*

  2. Wow, SO gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing!