After three years of attempting to capture the cherry blossoms aka sakura at Nakameguro, Tokyo, Japan, I finally did it last weekend. My previous experiences had been too early or too late. This year, it was the perfect timing and the elusive bloom missed its chance to escape from my camera.
a weeklong affair
of pink promises turned green
During the Easter weekend, I and my friends went to check the place but it left us disappointed since the bloom was around 20-30% only. Mankai (full bloom) was expected to be on a weekday. As soon as I heard about the forecast, I was a bit disheartened because I had to attend a conference in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, ROC that particular week. I can’t believe that I will be missing the sakura season again. One of my friends joked that I should do a sakura dance (sort of a rain dance) so as to delay its flowering.
I returned back to Japan on a Friday and saw the updated forecast that mankai will be on a weekend. The heavens listened to me. How about that? The next day, I, together with my friends, went to Nakameguro to celebrate the spring season. From the moment I went out of the station, I kept on clicking my camera. I was pretty pumped until I saw the massive crowd.
Despite our excitement, we were all moving in a very slow motion mode. It seemed that everyone took their time to enjoy the bloom but in a very disciplined manner. No pushing, no rushing. After all, this was just a one-week love affair. Ah, sometimes, mother nature can be such a tease.
I brought my camera and lenses. But most of the people used their smartphones to capture everything. And I had to be very careful in moving around while taking photos. Or else I may hit someone causing his phone to spiral down the river. It took time before one can get the a spot and position yourself but it was still fun.
It was cold but who cares. As long as our cameras had batteries, we were more than fine. Besides kiosks were in every corner. Food and drinks were readily available. Springtime, or the sakura season always call for a celebration even to individuals with pollen allergy.
I can’t wait for the next spring to come, but hoping without the pollen allergy.
Photos taken with Nikon D7000
lenses used :
Nikkor 18-300 mm
Nikkor 10.5 mm
Nikkor 50 mm
Tamron 11-16 mm