Another Cherry Blossom Season Bites The Dust

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I know, it seems like it just started, doesn’t it? But that’s the whole point – cherry blossom season, like life, is short and sweet. From the time the first buds open, until the petals fall one by one and are blown into drifts of pink snow, only ten days. Shorter, if it rains. Which is why everyone in Tokyo suddenly drops everything, girds themselves up with cameras and lunchboxes, and flocks to the parks as soon as the first pink fluffiness appears. Meetings, presentations, phone calls…those can all wait.

Because in this short sweet life, you never regret the things you did, only the things you didn’t.

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This tower looks nice through the cherry blossoms, doesn’t it? I’m not sure what a lighthouse is doing next to the Imperial Palace in the middle of Tokyo but…

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Unreasonable amounts of blooming in Shinjuku Gyoen.

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This temple in Ueno Park is called the “Hair Pagoda for Priest Tenkai.” I think that’s weird enough to warrant further investigation…

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This pond at Shinjuku Gyoen is always lined with beautiful trees, but for one week a year, some of them turn into princesses.

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A lantern glows inside the locked gates of the Yasukuni Shrine.

Check out this blog post for maps of where to find the best cherry blossoms in Tokyo and Google map links to all the locations

Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, now out for the first time in paperback. Nightshade is the one set during cherry blossom season

More Nightshade book goodness here, in case you think you might want to, you know, read it or something

A young woman is found dead in an abandoned car, with a pair of strangers old enough to be her parents. Their suicide note apologizes for a disaster that hasn’t yet happened. And someone is stalking the…read more

…or watch the book trailer (0:52)