The cherry blossoms (sakura) were in bloom when we returned to Tokyo from our trip to the U.S.
Hanami (flower viewing) parties are very popular this time of the year. There are literally thousands of people sitting under the trees – celebrating all day and night.
These are pictures from Yoyogi Park during the middle of the week, so the crowds don’t look too bad. All of the parks were packed with people over the weekend!
The next picture is just a glimpse of what it looked like when the blossoms were falling from the trees. I love this picture because it looks like it’s snowing!
Let’s see…falling blossoms or the real thing? I’ll take the falling blossoms instead of the snow! The pictures below are from the day we left Minneapolis. It was snowing (yet again)!
It’s always nice to walk around the Meiji Shrine when the crowds are relatively small. You can take your time observing some of the finer details at the shrine.
This is one of my favorite photos from the day. If only you could see and hear what was going on around this peaceful photo. Imagine the sound people clapping their hands together in prayer…imagine the sound of coins being thrown into the slatted wooden box in front of the man in prayer…imagine the sound of rock music coming from nearby Yoyogi Park…and (of course) imagine several people taking pictures.
I had to stand on my tip-toes to take this picture. I was definitely not born to be a ballet dancer!
The Meiji Shrine is surrounded by 175 acres of trees and open land. It’s nice to see nature in the middle of the city! People often come here to play games or to have a picnic.
It was a beautiful day for a wedding at the Meiji Shrine.
People were constantly working to make sure all of the garments were properly placed…
A few more adjustments…(this process went on for awhile).
The final photo…
After the group photo was done, the bride was taken behind the trees so her kimono could be readjusted.