April 3, 2015

The Burst of Blooms at Kumano Shrine


Suddenly Tokyo is bursting with blooms!

I know everyone's blog, twitter, and instagram in Tokyo is suddenly filled with cherry blossoms. I am, of course, one of them

There's something special about these blossoms that keep you guessing (when will they bloom?) and suddenly vanish before our eyes (this rainy day? this gust of wind?). You just never know how long they're here to stay.

So what do you do when that perfect sunny day when the blossoms are in full bloom comes in the middle of a weekday? You make the most of your lunch break and visit the nearest cherry tree, of course!

My coworker mentioned that Kumano Shrine (熊野神社), located in a corner of Shinjuku Chuo Park (新宿中央公園), had a variety of cherry trees so during my lunch break I skipped on over there to see if there were any blossoms.

And boy, am I glad I did! The cherry blossoms were in full bloom and the sakura looked gorgeous against the main shrine and torii. I am still sighing over how lovely this place was.


Do you have cherry blossoms where you are? Where is your favorite hanami spot?

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    1. Thank you, Karin! I wish I had taken a video of the blossoms slowly falling with the wind. It was really lovely!

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  2. This is a beautiful place, blossoms are awesome ;)

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    1. Yes they are! I agree completely, Babzy :D

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  3. Beautiful beautiful beautiful! I didn't realize the shrine looked so gorgeous in spring. Next year ... :)

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    1. I didn't either. Thank goodness for co-workers who are willing to share their sakura wisdom with me :D

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    2. I used to live near there and passed through that park all the time. I have similar, but not as spectacular, photos as well. Need to dig up that post in a follow-up reply soon. Either way, I can take Ru around next year. Maybe go to my old stomping grounds too. Just a short bus ride away is another park that is beautiful, but can't remember if they have cherry trees or just regular ones. I'm pretty sure cherry trees are there. OH, and the Kanda river!

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    3. That Kanda river is where I walk in the morning. I sometimes cut through Chuo Park for a change of scenery sometimes, too. You had nice stomping grounds :D

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  4. Ooooo, I have one of the cutest pictures of hanami ever. It was from a post way back in 2009.

    http://blog.hinomaple.com/2009/04/21/sakura/

    Check out the 4th picture. One of my favourites.

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    1. You're right, that fourth photo is the best! Stinkin cute!

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    2. I need to go back next year or someday and just see if I can get a second shot of that. Maybe a Shinjuku walkabout is in order.

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