April is my favorite month of all time because of Sakura! And the happy spring mood in general! <3
The whole Tokyo is PINK! Because there are big posters everywhere and they are always about sakura festivals so it is super pink.
You can see a sakura tree every few blocks or so, and the city is dotted with beautiful pink here and there <3
So one day i had to travel to Meguro alone to do my nails, and i was secretly feeling a bit troubled inside because it was quite far away from where i lived, and i had to go alone because no one was free to teman me that day.
So i took a train to Meguro station, it was incredible crowded that day and when i stepped out…
I had to rub my eyes to see if it was real.
Like a sea of pink below me! What is this????
I thought to myself, i MUST return back to that place after i get my nails done!!!
So i checked my GPS and looked for the location of the nail salon and walked towards it.
As i walked along, my jaw dropped wider and wider. i was so in awe that i couldn’t even think straight. I was just like omgomgomgomgomg…
This is what i saw.
No wonder the train station was so crowded! IT WAS THE FIRST DAY OF MANKAI (full bloom)!!!!
It wasn’t my first time seeing sakura and i have seen enough pictures to have prior knowledge of how pretty it could be, but i have never seen SO MUCH sakura, in full bloom in my entire life!!!
And what’s more is that it was totally unexpected. I really felt like Alice chancing upon a wonderland. In pink.
As i continued OMGOMGing, i discovered my nail salon.
Right in the middle of sakura street. Even the logo is a sakura.
None of this was arranged. I went to this salon because it belongs to Kishibe san’s friend and i wanted to support. I have never heard of Meguro before and i thought it was a dead boring place. And i picked this date not expecting that i could even see a single pink petal.
But fate brought me here (as i’d like to believe!). To one of the best sakura spots i didn’t even know existed on a full bloom day.
After getting my nails done, i hurried out to participate in this joyous festival. Everybody was sighing in amazement praising how beautiful it is, everybody carried a camera and snapping away, everybody was in a relaxed mood. Everybody LOOKED SO HAPPY.
Why am i SO lucky????
As i strolled along i felt all choked up. (Now i writing this i’m all choked up again wtf.)
I don’t even!!!!
Many thoughts suddenly floated across my mind. And i was feeling so many things at the same time. Firstly i was in in disbelief how beautiful Japan is, i have never seen any other place so incredibly pink and romantic before. Secondly i was overwhelmed by how strong the contrast of mood was, compared to just a year ago during 311 earthquake, everybody was fearful, many people lost hope, many people thought that was the end of it. Many people left Japan.
But look at this. This is Japan and it will never change.
It’s the most beautiful sight i’ve ever seen and i told myself I WANT TO COME BACK HERE EVERY YEAR. During this time.
It gave me so much hope and i feel so much love. I was alone, and i wished that i was with someone right there and then so i won’t look crazy mumbling to myself all teary eyes, but all i felt was love.
And then i 走火入魔 and started thinking i was in heaven wtf.
Taken with iPhone and only an Instagram filter. Got a kind passerby to take this picture for me as i was alone T_T.
And then i found a away to take a full-body shot against sakura background:
It was super crowded that day but it was a good kind of crowd.
To take a close-up shot of this i almost fell into the river wtf.
queued for Tamagoyaki
Cute ice cream girl.
Sakura dog haha
It was also easter time! That’s an easter bunny cheese cake.
On the way back home i saw this in the train station fruit stall…
(Or pineberry, technically it’s not a strawberry, it just looks like it -_- and it’s said to taste more like pineapple!)
Even though it’s extremely expensive like RM40 for 3 pieces wtf but i bought it because i always wonder how it tastes like!!!
And also the marketing also very clever it says it carries “the scent of first love” so i pretend romantic and bought it for the kareshi. Actually is ownself want to try wtf.
Sorry i was very amazed to i took a lot of pictures!!!
Then i took one bite…
Give it a try when you come across it! <3
A sakura tree outside our house, one of the pinkest i’ve seen.
There’s also this tree near our place that have the most perfect roses (after that Xiaxue pointed out that it is camelia) ever!
And also many other pink sakura trees.
A few days later, i had a Hanami (sakura viewing) date with Hena, my Korean model during TGC coordinate showdown, at Shinjuku Gyoen.
It was one of the best sakura viewing spots around center Tokyo and here you can sit down and relax for hours and hours under pink cherry blossom <3
We bought bento at a departmental store nearby for picnic!
With Hena! It was a very very warm day too!
Ok run out of captions. You all man man xing shang ba.
Like a painting!
….. what bout a painter is painting a scenery that looks like a painting?
That’s all for my sakura date with Hena.
Another few days later.
When the kareshi was finally done with his work he had a day off for a proper date omg <3
So guess where did we go again?
Ueno Park, another famous sakura spot! Bobo took her wedding photo here!
There was still sakura to be seen but it was nearing the end, and most of the flowers started falling off. Also because it rained and there was typhoon earlier T___T.
I was sooooo in love with this whole sakura thing to the point that i was feeling anxious inside that they were going to end soon. It was like a fairy tale ending. And while i still could….
(Haha cute anot!!!!!)
There’s this sakura cat at Ueno park that became the center of attention of the whole park haha. He just chillax on the tree while hundreds of curious tourists took turn to snap a photo. I was one of them -_-
In Ueno park it’s full ass picnic! People brought cooking utensil, tables and chairs. And i also heard got people camp overnight to chup a good spot -_-
Their garbage bin.
The only things left on the roadside were sakura petals.
Theme park in Ueno.
A proper date!!! <3
I love love love picnic in Japan!!! (Or other countries la because you can never do it in Malaysia cuz got worms and shit and mosquitoes and snatch theieves T__T)
Best date ever!!!!!
Another few days later…
It was the end of sakura season, you could see tiny little greens sprouting out from among the pink, and the roads were full of fallen petals.
The mood sort of cooled down a little, it was less festive and it’s also getting warmer.
To be honest i felt a little sad inside. Like, oh no, i want to be surrounded by all these pinkness forever!!
I kept wondering why i feel so different in Japan. Like so… emotional! (In a good way!)
Then i realized it is something that you will only understand when you are there.
I want to live in a country with four seasons.
I grew up in Malaysia all my life, i have never studied or stay overseas before, and i never understood this until now.
Back home, everything is the same. The same trees, the same colors, the same weather. We never have to worry about umbrellas, or suddenly getting too cold or too hot (except walking in an out of a shopping mall -_-).
“What a sunny day, eh?”
(If you use the weather as an ice breaker to a stranger he/she will think you are crazy. Or a robber wtf.)
But i have seen Japan in January, Feb, March, April, May and June this year. Although i don’t stay there, but i go back often enough to experience the climate of half a year.
Every time i go back it’s an entirely different kind of feel.
I touched the snow. I saw ice melt. I witnessed flower buds popping out. I beheld breathtaking sakura full bloom. Then i saw them shrivel and fall off. And then it turned all green.
I saw the seasons change. It is the kind of 感動 i can never feel back home.
And i just marvel at how wonderful mother nature is.
Especially sakura trees. They are like a ninja fairy wtf. Normally they are just goddamn 不起眼的 ordinary trees you wouldn’t even look at twice. But then suddenly they just got dressed all PINK comes April and you’re all like OMG YOU ARE ONE OF THEM!!
It may sound very silly to those of you who already live in a temperate country, most of the them will tell me they would rather live in Malaysia because it’s fucking cold in winter and it’s fucking hot in summer etc. I understand! But i learned that if you never see and feel the change of nature and life, you will never learn to appreciate it as much.
Which is why we have to wait one whole year to see sakura fully blossom for merely one week top, but that’s what makes it so special and magical. And the wait is so worth it.