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Better Than Cherry Blossom Season

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At first glance, I thought I’d climbed that big hill to Okurayama Park for nothing. Hey, what’s with the bare branches? Where’s the fluffy pink and white goodness? It’s supposed to be plum blossom season! But then I got closer, and there were some trees starting to bloom.

In fact, once I really looked, they were beautiful.

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These trees are at Okurayama Park near Yokohama, a 5 minute walk from Okurayama Station on the Tokyu Toyoko Line. If you’d like to visit Okurayama Park the next time you’re in Tokyo, a map is on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had. For more beautiful plum blossom photos, check out Tokyobling’s Blog!

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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

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