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.

Even after the last cherry blossom has fallen, novels set in Tokyo are still in season

“A genuinely gripping crime thriller which wrong-foots and perplexes the reader throughout, drawing us in emotionally . . . Highly recommended.” Raven Crime Reads

For nine years, Tokyo Detective Kenji Nakamura thought his mother’s death was an accident. Then he gets a call, and his life begins to unravel. Because if it wasn’t an accident…what was it? Read more