Hanami

Hanami (花見 – flower, see) is a Japanese tradition where people enjoys contemplating flowers. People goes wherever there are blossomed trees and do picnics below them. The most important hanami season happens when the cherry trees blossom (Sakura), it happened here in Tokyo two weeks ago and it’s finished by now. This year we had an splendid weather and I had the chance to visit many places with beautiful sakura in Tokyo. Here are some pictures I took in Asakusa, Shinjuku Gyoen, Yoyogi, Naka-Meguro and Meiji Jingu.

hanami sakura

hanami sakura

hanami sakura

hanami sakura

hanami sakura
Ale taking pictures with his Caplio R7.

hanami sakura

hanami sakura

hanami sakura
This is the queue to enter Shinjuku-gyoen.

hanami sakura

hanami sakura

hanami sakura

hanami sakura

hanami sakura

hanami sakura

hanami sakura

hanami sakura

hanami sakura

hanami sakura

hanami sakura

hanami sakura

hanami sakura

hanami sakura

hanami sakura

hanami sakura

hanami sakura

hanami sakura

hanami sakura

hanami sakura

hanami sakura

hanami sakura

18 Comments
  • josecrem

    April 7, 2008 at 6:12 am

    ¡Que barbaridad!

  • theshadow99

    April 7, 2008 at 8:20 am

    I so want higher rez versions of some of those… o_0

  • Jon

    April 7, 2008 at 9:13 am

    Your pictures are great. Some of the best Hanami pictures I have seen. That last picture is of Asakusa, correct? I believe the Sakura above the shops are fake also but it still looks very nice.

  • Marie

    April 7, 2008 at 9:40 am

    Great shots!

    I’d wanted to see the Nakameguro Yozakura… but didn’t have enough time.. I wonder if the lights are still on…?

  • Marie

    April 7, 2008 at 9:41 am

    By the way, what kind of camera did you use? 🙂

  • sheerblade

    April 7, 2008 at 10:54 am

    Incredibly beautiful landscape and lighting at night. Don’t see stuff like that in Coral Gables 🙁

  • oliphant

    April 7, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    I love #9.. the complete mass of people congregrating over this heavenly white, its natures rock concert yo.

  • Akikoh

    April 7, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    Beautiful pictures… they really are amazing! Thank you for sharing them :]

  • Mike in Ebisu Tokyo

    April 7, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    Nice photos. I was in Nakameguro this weekend. Just past their prime but still nice. also a great place to spend time.

  • kirai

    April 7, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Jon; your comment is gonna make my day 😉

    theshadow99; you can get the higher res versions from my flickr

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/torek/

  • Windbell

    April 7, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    Real Beautiful Pictures :O

    When I’m in Tokyo again and if you’re free, let’s meet up to do a photoshoot! 🙂

  • alafista

    April 7, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Wow your photos are so pretti. Hanami viewings is great! WIsh I was there.

  • Neil Duckett

    April 7, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Once again fantastic photos Hector, you have absolutely captured what is so special about this season to all the people that live here.

  • R di rosa

    April 10, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    Qualche settimana fá ho visto in tv líndirizzo di questo blog;e presa dalla curiositá sono venuta a sbirciare un po`.Sono senza parole!realmente le foto sono bellissime,tanto per l`imaggine rappresentata come artisticamente.complimenti.

  • Ross Nevette

    June 26, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    Would I be able to use one of your photos, and link to your blog in a post of mine?

  • tim

    February 24, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Wonderful images! Really like how you’ve captured the culture of hanami.
    I have made a map of the 100 best places in Japan for sakura/hanami (at maps.google.com and would love your comment!

  • Cheoro

    April 13, 2009 at 10:15 am

    Hey wonderful photos!

    I like how the sakura flowers look white, while the tree barks are black. Making it look like a black and white photo.

    Then comes everyone in colorful clothings.. ^^

  • gregor

    April 24, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    Hanami and Christmas are the best times of year in Tokyo
    http://www.japansugoi.com/wordpress/hanami-party-in-springtime-japan/