Postcard from Japan: Sakura Madness!

As graceful as they can be, sakura trees in its blooming state were kind of scary. In my previous trip to Japan, I kept on bumping into these cherry blossoms are all over the place! Like seriously, they were everywhere.

It’s obvious that sakura trees are one of the main tourist attractions in Japan. Its beauty is undeniable and its elegance is unquestionable, but imagine seeing something so beautiful over and over again, it kinda creeps you out. How could something be that perfect and beautiful?

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Overlooking a sakura tunnel at Iwate Prefecture.

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Playtime!

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“Gonna ride my bike until I get home..”

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Sakura matches with koinobori, a fish decoration hanged to celebrate Children’s Day.

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So much pink!

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Two senior citizens posing with a 300 year old sakura.

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More sakura trees at Ishiwari-zakura.

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When you look down, you tend to miss the beauty up above.

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Captured this kiddo when she was running around with her dad chasing on her.

Those photos above came from the Iwate Prefecture. Iwate Prefecture was calm and peaceful. There was something enticing about the human interaction in this prefecture. After working hours, office colleagues would sit down under the cherry blossom trees and enjoy the view. High school students were spotted taking the further road just to be able to walk under these trees. Parents would even skip work and take their kids away from school for a day of enjoying sakura. What a lovely neighborhood to live in!

By the way, In all 6 days of my travel in Japan, I was moving from cities to cities, visiting different prefectures. Next up, Aomori Prefecture!

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Another sakura tunnel awaits us at the Tsugaru railway.

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“Sixty four years is 33,661,440 minutes and one minute is a long time.” – The Beatles

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Girls talk at the city of Hirosaki.

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Being alone is not a problem when you are accompanied by this view.

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Colors on point.

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Don’t trust the reflection. It doesn’t alwyas reflect true beauty.

I had a lot of fun in Aomori Prefecture. The highlight in this prefecture was the water canals that enhances the beauty of those public parks. In case you want to visit Aomori, do not miss out the chance to stroll around the city of Hirosaki for a day. If you come during the blooming season, you definitely won’t regret it.

As you can see now, these sakura trees were all over the places. From Iwate, Aomori and even Miyagi and Fukushima!

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I took an uphill ride to Matsushima‘s panorama house. The view up above is always beautiful.

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“Does the walker choose the path or the path the walker?” – Garth Nix

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Who would have thought something so small would be so everlasting?

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After school stroll.

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Capturing sakura.

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Macro view.

At the end of the trip, I found out why these sakura trees were sort of terrifying. I figured out that I was quite disturbed by its perfect figure, color and size. Nothing in this world is supposed to be perfect, needless to say, people aren’t perfect. When I see these sakura trees, I was intimidated by its perfect beauty because I am definitely imperfect.

But then again, why would I want to be perfect? Where’s the fun in being complete? Isn’t our imperfection, somehow, gives us a purpose? Which is to be better than who we are yesterday?

Sakura season may come and go, but our chase for perfection shouldn’t come and go. Thanks for the lesson Japan!

Keep exploring!

DR. (@demasryan)

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A ‘touching’ moment.

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