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Cherry blossoms at Hikarigaoka park - 2017

Today, before work started, I went to Hikarigaoka park in Tokyo’s Nerima ward to have a look at the cherry blossoms.  It was my first time to go there and I thought it was pretty good, but very different to Shinjuku Gyoen, Kiyosumi, Hama-Rikyu and Koishikawa, very much multi-purpose and to be used and enjoyed by everyone.  As well as being a park it has tennis courts, a baseball field, running track, a bird sanctuary, gymnasium and a kyudo range.  It’s the kind of place where the locals hang out - go for a walk (with or without a dog), jog, kick a ball around with the kids or even have a picnic.

One of the roads inside Hikarigaoka park.  Imagine this when the trees are in full bloom

And today there were a lot of people having picnics as the cherry blossoms were starting to bloom.  Unfortunately for me, time was limited so I just shot in two areas: where everyone was having their picnics and the road that leads into the park.  I think you can see by looking at the pictures that even though there were a lot of people enjoying hanami (cherry blossom viewing), the trees weren’t quite at their best, but the weather was nice and warm so everyone still looked happy with what was on offer.

The cherry blossoms didn't look that great so early in the season, but everyone sure did look happy

Hopefully in another few days the cherry blossoms will be at their peak in Tokyo, but according to the weather report tomorrow (Friday) and the next day (Saturday) will be rain.  Let’s hope everything will be perfect for Sunday or Monday.  I’m hoping for Monday myself as I’ll be working on Sunday, poor me.

Even though the cherry blossom season for 2017 has just barely started, let us know if you have already seen them in other places and what your thoughts are.  And if you want to find out more about Hikarigaoka park you can check out its website here.

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