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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Captivating Nature

Having gone through the different seasons in Japan has really led me to fall in love with nature. Its beauty is unrivaled to any men’s creations. While I am only just starting my first true experience of spring, and waiting for the famous sakura (cherry blossoms) to bloom, some flowers are starting to peek through […]

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Discovering Okutama – Back to Nature

Who says there isn’t any nature to be found in Tokyo? Just 2-3 hours drive away from Tokyo, lies a rough diamond called Okutama (奥多摩). This is a place for nature lovers, for hikers, for adventure seekers. It isn’t easy to get here by car, one has to be skilled in navigating the rough terrains […]

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