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Cherry Blossoms at Aoyama Cemetery - 2018

Once again, I went to Aoyama cemetery.  It still is my favourite place in Tokyo, just for walking and for cherry blossoms.  This year I was expecting it to be sunny, but when I turned out to be quite cloudy, but I still had a great time.  It was doubly good, because this is a fairly stressful time in my life, as recently I found out one of my work contracts won’t be extended, and I need to find a job very quickly.  The cherry blossoms of Aoyama cemetery let me forget all my problems for a few hours.

The main road through Aoyama Cemetery is very famous in Tokyo for its cherry blossoms

The day prior to going, I attended AnimeJapan 2018 and so was extremely tired, not able to get up as early as I had planned.  So, being unable to lift my head from the pillow at 6 am I eventually put in a titanic effort and got up at 6:40 am.  A quick shower, packed my gear and I was soon gone.  Once out the door though, my tiredness started to slip away as I started thinking about the photos I would be taking.  By the time I got to the train, I was completely awake and raring to go.

A young lady enjoying the cherry blossoms while walking to work

It was a touch disappointing though, as cloud cover was widespread, not the blue skies I was expecting from the weather forecast.  There was a of touch of blue sky here and there, which continued for most of the morning.  It was only in the last thirty minutes of my time at the cemetery that more blue started to appear, but as I needed to push on to my next destination, Chidorigafuchi, I just couldn’t stay any longer.  It’s the curse of running a blog, always in the need of having to put out more and more material.

The people in those apartment buildings must have an amazing view of Aoyama Cemetery, especially when the cherry blossoms are in bloom

I did do something different while I was there though.  Usually I let the camera meter the light and I just take the picture.  However, this time, I decided to overexpose just a touch.  The reason for that is because whenever I look at my pictures, especially flower pictures, I think they are a little on the dark side.  So, basically, I’ve been allowing the camera to make all exposure settings for me and the result has never been completely pleasing.  This time though, I feel like I’m 95% satisfied with the results.  I still need to experiment a bit more, but now I think like I’m on the right track.

I don't know whose bust this is, but it is one of the ones I visit every year at Aoyama Cemetery

At the moment, the cherry blossoms of Aoyama Cemetery aren’t at their peak, but will be very soon, so I might go back there again if I can find the time.  This year there are so many places I want to go to though, so we’ll see what happens.  However, if you have time to go to the cemetery over the next few days, I strongly urge you to go as it really is one of the best places in Tokyo for some hanami.

If you want to see more of Aoyama cemetery here is another article about it and you can see the cemetery’s website here.