花見 Cherry Blossoms

2017 late-March/early-April

Nothing says “Spring in Japan” more than cherry blossoms blooming and scattering in the wind. Through recommendations from my co-workers, I stopped by Ueno Park a few times to check up on the cherry blossoms, since it would be a shame to not see one of the biggest symbols of Japan during my first spring here. The first few times I went, the blossoms were barely blooming, yet already there were a lot of people taking pictures of them. Although I’ve seen cherry blossoms in the past, seeing so many trees in a row with light-pink blossoms that looked as though they would fall apart with a single touch was breathtaking. With my camera in hand, I joined the crowd, finding opportunities to snatch as many pictures as I could.

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Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building 1 Observatory

During lunchtime on August 03, 2016, I followed a group of JET trainees to the Government building for lunch. Because we still have time after everyone finished lunch, we decided to take the elevator up to the observatory. We went around the observation, looking at the vastness of Tokyo. The sight was breathtaking.

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