さ・く・ら・ま・つ・り

5 Apr

Today we went to a nearby 桜祭り (Cherry Blossom Festival) and enjoyed a 花見 (Cherry Blossom Viewing) picnic that my wife and daughters made.

Our lunch was おにぎり (rice balls), 卵焼き (Japanese grilled eggs), broccoli, chicken, (strawberries), cookies, and beer*!
It was an excellent picnic lunch!

(*Of course, only my wife and I had beer. Our daughters had tea. 😉 )

Here are some photos we took:

Many people were enjoying 花見 (Cherry Blossom Viewing)

Many people were enjoying 花見 (Cherry Blossom Viewing)

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There are many turtles, ducks and carp in the pond.

There are many turtles, ducks and carp in the pond.

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Drying in the sun

Drying in the sun

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Cherry Blossom tree next to a bus stop

Cherry Blossom tree next to a bus stop

「かき氷」 (Shaved Ice) vendor

「かき氷」 (Shaved Ice) vendor

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14 Responses to “さ・く・ら・ま・つ・り”

  1. Masako April 14, 2009 at 12:17 pm #

    We did not make it to Chinatown in Yokohama. Family friends from Japan took us there and they took us on a bay cruise and Minato Murai where we rode the large ferris wheel and went to the top of the highest building in Japan. We plan to visit Chinatown next time.
    We already saw the Imperial Palace on a previous trip. We had to kill time until our airport shuttle in the afternoon so just choose to get off at Tokyo station and walk around since we haven’t gotten off there before.

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    • tokyo5 April 14, 2009 at 9:49 pm #

      Sounds like you can a nice vacation in Japan…and you visited many great sites!

      The highest building in Japan is the “Landmark Tower” in Yokohama.

      And Tokyo Station is a historic building. The outside is unlike any other train station in Japan.
      It’s a very large station with many stores inside.
      There are many “Tokyo souvenirs” that can be bought. Did you get some souvenirs from Tokyo Stn?

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  2. Masako April 11, 2009 at 5:50 pm #

    Yes we saw a lot. We spent time in Ueno Park to view the blossoms. Went to Akihabara, Odaiba, Nakamise Dori, Shinjuku, Shibuya, Harajuku Ikebukuro, Tokyo station, Shibamata, Tokyo Edo museum and Yokohama. We will be back within a couple of years I hope.

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    • tokyo5 April 11, 2009 at 6:51 pm #

      You saw many great areas of Tokyo!
      Did you go to Chinatown in Yokohama?
      When you went to Tokyo Station, did you walk to the Imperial Palace?

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  3. cuteandcurls April 7, 2009 at 5:50 pm #

    Each photo you took are beautiful, vivid rich colors !! Thanks for the virtual tour 🙂 Now I know why my father is very fond of the cherry blossoms there. The picnic lunch menu sounds absolutely delicious!

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  4. Masako April 7, 2009 at 4:47 pm #

    So pretty! Where did you go for Cherry Blossom viewing? Just I week ago I was in Tokyo enjoying the blossoms.

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    • tokyo5 April 7, 2009 at 5:28 pm #

      As we do every year, we went many places for 花見 (Cherry Blossom Viewing).

      So you’re back in Hawaii now? Did you see alot of Tokyo?

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  5. bartman905 April 6, 2009 at 9:14 pm #

    Looks like you enjoyed Sakura again this year. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. naoko April 6, 2009 at 12:17 am #

    I wounder it’s strange but in Hyogo sakura blooms later than Tokyo every year. Even though Hyogo is under Tokyo. They are blooming just a little now.

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    • tokyo5 April 6, 2009 at 12:22 am #

      Yes, that is odd!
      Usually Sakura bloom in southern parts of Japan first.
      Okinawa, for example, has Sakura in February, I heard…and Hokkaido doesn’t see them until June or so.

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  7. heri koesnadi April 5, 2009 at 11:55 pm #

    Sutte… nihon e ikitai desu yo… Sakura o daitsuki,,

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    • tokyo5 April 6, 2009 at 12:11 am #

      >Sutte…

      Sorry. Do you mean: 「すてき」 (Suteki)?

      >nihon e ikitai desu yo… Sakura o daitsuki

      Sakura ga daisuki desuka?
      You should come visit Japan at this time of year and enjoy a 花見 (Cherry Blossom Viewing)!

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