Friday, April 14, 2017

Chiba-koen

I have mentioned before in one of my posts that Chiba-koen is my favorite hanami (flower viewing) spot in Japan. Not much have been written about this park since most locals and tourists prefer Tokyo area during spring, but I and my friends usually visit this place every year.

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pink cherry blossoms 
falling faster than my hair 
i am growing old 

~ totomai 


And perhaps in what could be my last spring in Japan, it is but fitting to revisit Chiba-koen once again and write something about it. The weather did not cooperate though. We were hoping for a blue sky, but we got was a drizzle.

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Chiba-koen is pretty accessible, so I hope more people could visit it. One could either take the Chiba monorail and get off at Chiba Park Station, or via JR line Chiba Station, and walk for 10 minutes. 

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There are lots of variety of cherry blossoms around the park. Our favorite is the weeping cherry blossoms, very pink and delicate. I wish I was able to get the other types of cherry blossoms.

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Few more steps from the park, there’s another park, I assume it’s still a part of Chiba Park. Here, another variety of cherry blossoms, paler in color, waiting to mesmerize you. The place is perfect for camping, dating and photography. Despite the fact that it’s mankai (full bloom), not much people can be seen around the area. So if you want to escape the crowded spots in Tokyo, go to Chiba.

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Sorry, I got carried away again with the photo overload. Just bare with me as I will miss the cherry blossoms big time. I decided to go back to the Philippines while waiting for the results of my job applications.

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Ending this post with a quote that sums up my current state.
“For a while" is a phrase whose length can't be measured.At least by the person who's waiting.” ― Haruki Murakami

S A Y O N A R A.

/totomai 2017/04/14 

Photos taken with Nikon D7000 
lenses 
    18-300 mm Nikkor VR lens
    10.5 mm Nikkor fish-eye lens 
    105 mm Nikkor macro lens 
    11-16 mm Tokina wide angle lens

32 comments:

  1. Love the haiku... great pics of the cherry blossoms in full bloom.

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    1. Thanks Thot! I will miss the blossoms!

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  2. I call this a grand feast both to the eyes and mind..so delightful...

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    1. Cheers, Sumana. Ah, spring, I will miss you.

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  3. Totomai, your photos are poetic, in themselves. Finding myself, envying you, as I find myself, walking down my own memory lane, and the numerous springs, that blossoming Cherry trees have graced me. Bless of luck, in your job search.

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    1. Thanks Therisa. I hope to find a job soon or I'll go crazy. Kidding, I'll consider this is a break from corporate world.

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  4. What a delight your photography is. It would be good for your hair to shed and then regrow each year wouldn't it?...or perhaps not? Best to satisfied with a haircut.

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    1. Or with a hair grower! Haha! Thanks Robin.

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  5. How exquisitely beautiful! I couldn't have too many such photos.

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  6. Beautiful pics and farewell haiku.Enjoy your stay at home and I hope you are successful in getting your next job in another interesting part of the world. Good Luck !

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    1. Definitely, Cressida. I'll take a rest for a while.

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  7. What wonderful photos you have shared with us. Thank you, and thank you for the beautiful haiku as well. I wish you happy future journeys.

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    1. Thanks Bev :-) It's been a while but I7m enjoying this time off.

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  8. What a beautiful series of photos, Totomai! I think I feel a bit of sadness from your post today, knowing that you are going to be leaving Japan. Nice haiku as well. I do think cherry blossoms (metaphorically) feel faster each year. Keep in touch.

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    1. Thanks Mary. I was a bit emotional while writing this post. I plan to write one or two more Japan posts soon. Yeah - cherry blossoms is the most selfish flower I have known haha

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  9. A feast of Blossoms! I am wondering where you are headed. Do let us know of your travels through your blog.

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    1. I will Sherry, for the meantime, I will just return back to the Philippines :-)

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  10. Thank you for the gorgeous photos and your lovely haiku. It is sad that you must leave Japan. But I sense more wonderful things in life await you. Good luck. May you fine the perfect job soon.

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    1. Fingers-crossed Myrna. I hope I can get a job soon.

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  11. What a fantastic post! It lifts me up! And I enjoyed your haiku, too. I hope you continue blogging, even though you are leaving Japan. I enjoy your posts so much.

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    1. Yes Wendy, I will continue even one post per month hehe

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  12. Such a glorious post, Totomai!!❤️ I love cherry blossoms!!❤️

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  13. Your love of this place can be felt in your magnificent photos. You do great work,

    Elizabeth

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  14. I f the blossoms still fall faster than your hair you are not growing old yet! I wonder why you are saying goodbye to this place which you visit yearly? The pictures are lovelier than ever.

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    1. I will be going back to Philippines for good, Susan. :-)

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  15. Your photos fill me with joy. Happy Easter and thanks for dropping by my Sunday Standard this week Totomai

    Much love...

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