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05 April 2007 @ 11:35 pm
Sakura after the storm~~8@  
It was still a little bit chilly today, but it could hardly have been more gorgeous. With a sky so blue that in places it seemed purple, and the sun blazing down to try and beat the frigidity of the last few days. A little too cold for my liking still (especially once the sun set), but it was gorgeous nonetheless. I love, love LOVE days with weather like this. <3

So, in the early afternoon Ami-chan and I headed down to see the Sakura at Shinjuku gyouen. I had no idea that the battery was nearly dead in my camera, so I didn't get as many pictures as I would have liked, but I did coax a few nice ones of sakura blossoms out of it. So, we walked through the falling blossoms with the throngs of other people (the last time I was in Shinjuku garden there was almost nobody around, so this was new to me), enjoying the freshly cut grass and the amazing, amazing blossoms. This country is obsessed with sakura blossoms, but living in a place that is surrounded with pink petals for two weeks every spring, and experiencing it myself, I can completely understand why.

The sakura are gorgeous. Being among them is very uplifting. I love it. And of course, spinning in circles on the grass until you fall down dizzily and stare at the blue blue BLUE sky for minutes on end. Is there nothing that really speaks "youth" more than that? In japanese, they call the springtime of youth as "seishun", and I think that this is what they mean..... <3

Please tell me, which picture do you like best? And, what do you think of when you see pictures of the flowers? I love hearing about beautiful memories. ^__^

These first few I've just thrown in for fun. They're the same view from my house as the pictures that I took 18 hours ago. But it looks like a completely different place, doesn't it?

And now on to Shinjuku park.... I'll just put these up and let you look in peace...

ルリdemonruri on April 5th, 2007 02:42 pm (UTC)
Wow those photo look freaking awesome! I cant wait untlil NYC has their Sakura Matsuri on April 15th, I going to wear a yukata if the weather permits.

Hey about the nana keychain things...I have a friend who is looking to get some do you think you can still get them?
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on April 8th, 2007 01:31 pm (UTC)
I might be able to. Which ones do they want ?
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Linstarrbeam on April 5th, 2007 02:47 pm (UTC)
Arg I hate shinjuku ... well mostly the station. I can never get out the right exit and so I just go to the streets and go that way. But I like the close up pictures of the flowers. :D
Kati: himeeuploeamulciber on April 5th, 2007 03:00 pm (UTC)
I like the 14th and 15th picture. All of them are lovely, but I really like pictures that show trees from that angle. It makes me feel as if I were sitting under them (even while i'm actually looking out of the window, and all i can see is snow and more snow and i just keep on sneezing ~_~; doesn't feel like spring here at all!).

.. they sell "branches of sakura trees" in one mall here, but all those artificial sakura are so dark pink that they don't even look like the real sakura. It's kind of sad, but seeing pictures like this makes me really happy, heh.

(oh, and this is really offtopic, but since it's April.. do the japanese celebrate April's Fools?)
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on April 8th, 2007 01:30 pm (UTC)
Hmm... I don't think that they really do, though some people know about it. A lot of the foeigners here celebrate though, lol. I am amused that the penis festival was on April Fools Day this year.
Kyo-chan: BoA - dreamerkyofujimiya on April 5th, 2007 03:05 pm (UTC)
Those are so beautiful! Next time I go to Japan, I want it to be during spring so that I can see it for myself. I'm going to settle for the next best thing by going to the DC Sakura Festival next weekend. *bounces* I can't wait, and there will be pictures!
cryduchatcryduchat on April 5th, 2007 03:05 pm (UTC)
So perty, thank you!! It is chilly in Philly too. Boo!
ange: the joy and lightning of shining youthangelamori on April 5th, 2007 03:16 pm (UTC)
i love the close ups! i also really like the one with the off-focus foreground but really sharp sakura background. :)

gah, i want to be able to do hanami sometime!
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Francesca {フランチェスカ}fantasy2004 on April 5th, 2007 03:50 pm (UTC)
WOW so pretty, I can't wait for myy cherry tress *sakura* to blossom, I have one in the front yard and one in the back. *screams at the snow to leave, so that the flowers can come out.*
Rin { Milky Moo } ; Creeper Extraordinaire: Awesome!!!!!crazy_otaku911 on April 5th, 2007 04:00 pm (UTC)
awesome....I like all the close ups of the blossoms....very pretty! (and I'm jealous of the nice weather! Its snowing right now!)
Vickytoldtojoinlj on April 5th, 2007 04:20 pm (UTC)
I like the close-ups of the more pink blossoms and the last pic.
Though I mostly just tolerate flowers, these pictures give off a calming feeling. That kind of calm most people feel when they observe something they consider to be beautiful. I don't have any memories pop up when I look at them, but I think you'd understand that as an artist (and since you take a lot of pictures) it's hard to ignore beautiful, natural colors in the real world. ^^
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on April 8th, 2007 01:29 pm (UTC)
Definitely! ^____^ I love beautiful colors. <3 When there's a blue sky, it's one of my favorite days by default. Overcast days make me sad. ;_;
chibichan03 on April 5th, 2007 05:01 pm (UTC)
Wow, those pics are really nice. I especially like the close up ones with the buds and the blossoms. I also like the tree pictures where you get the pink of the blossoms against the beautiful blue sky. All this just reminds me who connected to nature Japanese people are. I am taking a Chinese/Japanese philosophy course now, and this is indicitive of the Shinto aspect. Waaa~ mitai!
Mindamindaroth on April 5th, 2007 05:24 pm (UTC)
Ah, I love Shinjuku Gyoen, though paying to get in always rankles a bit. Personally, I dig the close up shots of the flowers. They have so much more character, and the added advantage of not catching random strangers in the shot.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on April 8th, 2007 01:28 pm (UTC)
It's only 200 yen though. No bit deal, ne? Especially since just traveling there and back on the train would cost more. =D;;
ex_betterino391ex_betterino391 on April 5th, 2007 05:54 pm (UTC)
Wow, I've never seen Sakura up-close before! They really are very gorgeous, and they look so soft~

I just want to let you know that I'm really enjoying this journal and reading about your adventures in Japan -- thank you for friending me back! ^_^
Luna: rosettelunarbluerose on April 5th, 2007 06:07 pm (UTC)
you really do take nice picture of Japan. I wish i was over there right now. its so pretty.
+babymoss on April 5th, 2007 06:13 pm (UTC)
My favourite is the first close-up flower picture. The one you used before the cut. I love flowers.

Flowers make me remember making daisy chains when i was little. (Though i still do it now if i get the oportunity o: lol).

And my favourite flower memory- sitting in the garden in summer with the smell of roses from the rose bushes. Beautiful. Pink and red roses = paradise. ;D
+babymoss on April 5th, 2007 06:18 pm (UTC)

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