Where to view Plum Blossom in Kansai

Plum blossoms, or ume, are as beautiful as they are underrated. Many people head to Japan to view the celebrated cherry blossoms, but few realise that plum blossoms are just as enchanting, and they last longer. While cherry blossoms bloom for two weeks at the most, plum blossoms colour Japan in varying shades of pink […]

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Nemophila Sea in Hitachi Seaside Park

Seeing the sea of baby blue nemophila in Hitachi Seaside Park is one of my many to-see/do things on my never-ending bucket list, and I was tremendously blessed to be able to see the ocean of blue under a brilliant blue sky. Hitachi Seaside Park  (ひたち海浜公園, Hitachi Kaihin Kōen), located in Ibaraki prefecture, is an […]

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Sakura – Ephemeral Beauty of Life and Childhood

I know, it’s way past cherry blossom period, even past spring. We are already entering into the tsuyu (rainy period) now. But I have taken so many captivating shots of sakura that I want to share, and it’s better late than never, right? I really wanted to upload earlier, but couldn’t manage to because of, […]

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Tsuyu’s beauty – Ajisai

The rainy season (梅雨|tsuyu) is over, and summer has come, so I thought I will dedicate this post to my favourite flower of the month of tsuyu, hydrangeas (紫陽花|ajisai). Ajisai are like mini-bouquets, with the tiny flowers bunched tightly together. And sometimes, the petals look like butterflies clumped together, their wings fluttering in the wind. […]

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Kyu-Furukawa Gardens Rose Festival

Kyu-Furukawa Gardens (旧古河庭園, Kyū Furukawa teien) is a place for rose lovers. It can be separated into two parts, a western garden with an impressive European-style villa, and a traditional Japanese garden with a teahouse and some notable stone bridges. While the park entrance fee is ¥150, you can choose to have a guided tour […]

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Flowers in Spring

Spring is a beautiful season of new beginnings. I am still constantly amazed by the trilling of birds during the day, for during winter, you only hear dead silence. The trees and plant turn green, budding flowers blossom one after another. Azaleas are found everywhere in Japan in May, in varying shades of pink, red […]

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Chasing Sakura

The cherry blossom/sakura season is almost over, with the highly popular somei yoshino cherry trees all filled with green leaves, though some later flowering variety are still in bloom. I didn’t know there are so many types of sakura, indeed, I had always thought of sakura as a single variety of flower. While there are […]

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Rape Blossoms in Hama-rikyu Gardens – Hidden Oasis in Urban Tokyo

Hama-rikyu Gardens (浜離宮・Hama Rikyū) is only 10 minutes walk away from Tsukiji Fish Market, so if you have gone to the market early in the morning and had spent half a day exploring the area, why not drop by at the garden for some nature’s respite from the busy market? Hama-rikyu Gardens is a traditional […]

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The Suburban Chill of Yokohama

Yokohama is less than half an hour away from Tokyo by train, but the city differs greatly from the chaotically fast-paced and almost cold city of Tokyo. The city has an suburban vibe, with less crowds and almost no sense of rush that one gets in cosmopolitan cities. Cosmo Clock 21 Ferris Wheel The most […]

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