The Godzilla Of Cherry Trees

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Don’t let this big daddy sneak up on you in the dark! In Japan they don’t mess around when it comes to cherry trees. I saw this explosion of goodness last night at Rikugi-en garden in Tokyo, where they light up the all-powerful sakura until 9:00 every night during The Season. But this one isn’t the only monster in town – in general, cherry trees here look like they’re on steroids compared to their puny ornamental cousins back where I come from.

It looks even bigger in the daytime!

It looks even bigger in the daytime, don’t you think?

Here's another behemoth – this one is at Korakuen.

Here’s another behemoth – this one’s at Korakuen.

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

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