Tokyo, Japan – Cherry Blossoms


I was looking through old pics the other day and realized that I rarely ever take flower pics. In my early days, flowers were a focus…an easy subject. But now with portraits, landscapes and sports…flowers have taken a back seat. I pulled these up from a trip a while back and always love the vintage look on white flowers that other photogs give them….so I did the same. Enjoy!

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Akita, Japan – Cherry Blossoms

The past few days it has been 70+ degrees here in Austin.  So nice to feel spring weather!  Some of us are only a few weeks away!  Green grass and flowers will pop up soon!  I cannot wait.   So I was thinking of a trip I had to Japan in April a while back.  I had just missed the Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo, but luckily was traveling up north in Japan.  The Cherry Blossoms were in full bloom!   We went out to lunch one afternoon the roads in town were so beautiful…trees everywhere!!  For the shot above, I asked my co-worker to pull over so I can grab a photo.  I looked up at the great tree and snapped away!  If you are ever planning a visit to Japan…the first few weeks of April is Cherry Blossom time!   A dream of mine would be to visit Kyoto with the Blossoms in full beauty!   Sayonara!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 70.0 mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  1/200
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Hand Held
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, Photo Tools 2.6

Tokyo, Japan – Cherry Blossoms

I was in Japan last week and had a free morning on Saturday before my flight left to take some photos.  I was staying in Tokyo and was happy to get a chance to see the Cherry Blossoms just starting to bloom!   It is a magical time in Japan.  The next 2 weeks in Tokyo will be amazing!  If you ever get a chance to visit this time of year…it is indeed special!    This tree was going strong!  A few others were not as far along as this one.   There was a nice crowd around this particular tree as you can see how beautiful it was!  I added a little diffuse glow to the photo to soften the look a bit.   I have an HDR from here as well…will post it soon!   Spring has arrived!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 19.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  1/80 second
  • Aperture:  f/16.0
  • Gear:  Hand Held
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Viveza

Kakunodate, Japan – Cherry Blossoms

Kakunodate, Japan

NIKON D300, Nikon 18-200 VR

Talk about a place 2 explore!   Japan is one of my favorites!  I have been there many times for business, but rarely have a chance to see the sights as I am always working.  But last year we finished meetings early and it was exactly this time of year – April 8-15th.  At this time the Cherry Blossoms are in full bloom!  It was my first time to ever see them in Japan in all my visits.  I must say that after this visit, I would enjoy going back to Japan in early April anytime!   As you have to check the schedule, the Cherry Blossoms bloom at different times in Japan.  I had missed Tokyo, but up north were I was located they were in full bloom.   I was taken to Kakunodate (Ka-Ku-No-Dot-Tay) – 3 hours by train from Tokyo – founded n 1620.  They have a famous river that has Cherry Blossom trees growing on both sides and it is a very popular place to visit in Japan in April.

We arrived by train and got off in the little town of Kakunodate. Small shops and quaint houses are everywhere.  They had the streets lined above with banners welcoming the guests to their town.  In about a 5 minute walk we arrived to the Samurai Residences.  There are 80 samurai residences in the town.  The quarters are close together and you can walk down closed off streets to see them and some houses still have people living in them.  There are open areas in the residences where you can watch tea ceremonies while they are wearing the traditional outfits from years past.  Its interesting to see.

We got to the river and WOW what a sight to see!!  So amazing!   We walked around and I took pictures.  Many tour buses were parked alongside the river also with people walking everywhere.  As it was mid week it was not too crowded.  On each side of the river the trees are planted about 20 feet apart.  This gives you a walking path between the Cherry Blossoms.  As the trees were fully mature –  you look up and you are covered by the blossoms – like a tunnel.  One thing I will never forget was that as you walked on path through the trees, the Cherry Blossom petals would fall every so gently to the ground – like a feather.  You would get quite a few falling as you walked and it was just so sureal.  I had a  trememdous smile on my face and a wondeful memory to have!   A visit I will never forget!

I can write tons about Japan…Tokyo, Shinjuku, Osaka…so I save that for future posts. But if can get to Japan in early April…it about 70 degrees at this time and just so beautiful!!!  Dont worry – in Tokyo they have McDonalds, KFC, Wendy’s, Burger King…so food is not problem for those that think they may struggle.   Sayonara til tomorrow!