Wow, those crowds! I've dreamed for years of going to Japan for the cherry blossoms, but I must admit I had pictured it as a slow, quiet, rather solitary experience, with everyone writing their haiku and experiencing the blossom viewing fatigue. What was it like?
People camp out in the parks to reserve spots so that they can hang out under the cherry trees and basically picnic and drink for a couple of days. The down side is that they leave a lot of garbage behind. But the upside is that people are so excited about hanging out under trees! Apparently the tradition goes all the back to the 8th century. I think the fact that Tokyo is so deprived of green space makes the arrival of the blossoms even more thrilling for the residents. You do see cherry trees everywhere so finding a place for quiet appreciation is possible.
Is that a computer in a jungle in that 1st photo? Also, I've been getting ready for the Cherry blossoms on Graham Avenue in Brooklyn.
No, it is a bird enclosure at the zoo.
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