The weather forecast called for cold and rain, but Mother Nature must have been in a good mood. It’s overcast but mild and there was even occasional sunshine.


Sakura season is the only time civilians are allowed on the SDF base next to Setagaya Park, but we’re only allowed to walk along this central street. In a few days, the street will be blanketed in pink.


It’s kind of hard to see in this picture, but it looks like this rather large sakura tree both can’t decide what color it wants to be and is growing out of a gallon sized plastic pot. Closer inspection reveals that it has grown through the pot and into the ground. Now that’s perseverance.

I posted this a couple of years ago, but thought it was worth re-posting:

“The Sakura trees are in full bloom and as glorious as ever. When the wind blows, the petals fall in clouds so thick it looks like it’s snowing, then they cover the streets with a delicate pink carpet that muffles our footsteps.

Meguro River is lined on both sides with very old Sakura trees that lean out over the water. One night a few years ago, I was pedaling home from work and stopped on a bridge. There was a full moon directly over the river, perfectly framed with pink blossoms dancing in a breeze. It was breathtaking.”


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