Cherry Blossoms In Tokyo
Nogawa Park, Tokyo
4:30 on a Thursday
One thing that I love about Japan is that, even with millions of people, the masses play it cool. If a little earthquake hits, nobody freaks out. Crammed next to hundreds of strangers on the metro? Just relax and take a standing nap. But, there is one thing that is a big deal, Cherry blossom season, or Sakura as it known in Japan, comes in late March or early April. The little white and pink blooms are the sign that the winter is over for good and spring is finally here. The flowers are a sign to celebrate.
During this time, everyone comes out to play. When I say everyone, I mean everyone. Hundreds of thousands of people flock to Tokyo hotspots to bask in the blooms. Ueno Park and Shinjuku Gyeon are filled to the brim with young and old and even the shut ins take out the picnic blanket for the hanami (meaning flower viewing).
While I am always down to get out into the blossoms for a family photoshoot, I do my very best to find those spots that are away from the masses and that create a private oasis for a client. This spring, I had the chance to again work with the Harrison family, some of my most faithful clients.
Unlike the last time I worked with the family during Sakura, the family is now a four-piece. While there was a new dynamic, the Harrisons still have the same smile, kind disposition and cherry blossom madness.
Thanks for such a great session Harrisons! Can't wait to see you next year when the little blooms are out.
Award winning photographer based in Tokyo, Japan. Specializing in portrait photography, he shoots a variety of portraiture, editorial, event, and commercial photography assignments. Andy is a husband, father, and lover of fried food.