“Cherry Flower-Street, at Mukojima, Tokio,” ca. 1880s -90s, by Kimbei Kusakabe, via The New York Public Library Commons.
There’s a good article on the 2014 cherry blossom viewing (hanami) in Tokyo — which starts this week — here.
The arrival of the cherry blossom is keenly anticipated, with round-the-clock news reports providing updates on exactly where and when the fabled flowers will appear alongside all manner of sakura-themed promotions. Advertisements currently on display in the Tokyo Metro suggest that drinking Kirin beer will enhance the hanami experience, and should you be feeling peckish, McDonald’s has helpfully introduced a “cherry blossom burger”, complete with “pink buns”.
— Adrian Bridge, The Telegraph
*Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs. A cherry blossom photo from the same collection here.
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On the topic of cherry blossoms I hope ours in DC will be okay after such a crazy winter. Perhaps I should offer a Tone on Tone cherry blossom chair as part of the festivities!!!
Anything that might bribe spring to finally take hold. . .
Two years ago, we were in D.C. in mid-March, and it was so warm that the blossoms had practically peaked before the Festival could get started. https://enclosuretakerefuge.com/2012/04/09/cherry-tree-clouds/
thanks for visiting my blog and thus introducing me to yours. It’s such an interesting mix – I like the old photos with your modern-day comment and analysis.
Thanks for visiting!
This image shows the time of the year that I love with all the “pink rain” Thanks!
I love it too. I hope winter has finally let go of D.C.
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