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Hanami – hanafubuki spells the end for 2009

I learned this week that there is a special word for the flurry of petals raining down in the breeze – 花吹雪 (hanafubuki) – which is a beautiful sight of tiny pink flakes floating down from above.  My Japanese friends especially love hanafubuki, but part of me felt that this is like celebrating the demise of the very thing that they have come to see. 

Maybe this is a more realistic acceptance that sakura season has to end, whilst I’m the unrealistic one who can’t accept that the party’s nearly over.  Either way, I’m feeling a bit glum that the sakura petals have all fluttered off the trees, and the clouds of pink on the branches that the nation has been revelling in for the last week or so have all given way for the new green leaves.

This post contains some photos reflecting on a week in which Tokyo went crazy for cherry bossoms – and is now waiting until for it to happen briefly again next year.

Meguro River at Nakameguro (yozakura – night time hanami):

Meguro River at Nakameguro

Meguro River at Nakameguro (yozakura – night time hanami)

Meguro River at Nakameguro

Meguro River at Nakameguro (yozakura – night time hanami)

Meguro River at Nakameguro

A ceiling of puffy sakura – Meguro River at Nakameguro (yozakura – night time hanami)

A ceiling of sakura. Meguro River at Nakameguro

Tokyo Tower and sakura – the view from Roppongi Hills

Tokyo Tower and sakura, taken from Roppongi Hills

Sakura at Nakameguro

Meguro River, Nakameguro

Saigo Park, Meguro-ku (a local park near my apartment)

Saigo Park

Meguro River, Nakameguro

Meguro River, Nakameguro

Meguro River, Nakameguro

Meguro River, Nakameguro

Kinuta Park, Setagaya-ku – at the peak of hanami, the park was full of hanami revellers

Hanami in Kinuta Park, Setagaya-ku

Kinuta Park, Setagaya-ku

Hanami in Kinuta Park, Setagaya-ku

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