Travel theme: Pink

When I first saw this week’s travel theme from Ailsa, I couldn’t help thinking of the cherry blossom in Japan where I could see pale pink petal of Sakura trees or bright pink of plum trees. 3 out of my 8 trips in Japan were in April when everyone visited Japan for Cherry Blossom.

The below set of pink photos were taken during one of those 3 Sakura trips. It was way back to the time in April 2004.

Tokyo | Japan | 2004

Tokyo | Japan | 2004

Tokyo | Japan | 2004

Tokyo | Japan | 2004

Osaka | Japan | 2004

Osaka | Japan | 2004

Osaka | Japan | 2004

Osaka | Japan | 2004

Himeji | Japan | 2004

Himeji | Japan | 2004

Himeji | Japan | 2004

Himeji | Japan | 2004

Kyoto | Japan | 2004

Kyoto | Japan | 2004

Kyoto | Japan | 2004

Kyoto | Japan | 2004

Fujinomiya | Japan | 2004

Fujinomiya | Japan | 2004

In my opinion, the Cherry blossom season is the best time to visit Japan if you’ve never been there before because you will be able to see the beauty of blooming flowers. In addition, the weather will be very nice with bright sunshine but still cool enough to walk around without wiping the sweat. Besides that, you will feel energetic vibe from those around you since as far as I’ve known; April is the beginning period of Japanese people’s life such as new job, school opening, etc. So you can feel that something have awakened from long hibernation in the cold Winter. Moreover, Japanese also have this tradition to eat&drink under the Sakura trees as they call Hanami (花見, “flower viewing”). You can sense the relaxation and fun moments all around.