These are some photos from M’s camera that we took way back in April but completely forgot about in all the excitement. A part of the Imperial Palace was open for the first time in 70-odd years so we went along to have a look, saw the queues, and went to the East Garden instead, which was probably just as nice anyway.
There were some gorgeous cherry blossoms out in full bloom:
As well as many other kinds of wildflowers. It’s a great place for a lunch.
There was also this guy:
These were around the grounds of Ryoan-ji, Kyoto.
This is the famous rock garden at Ryoan-ji, Kyoto. The temple was originally built in 1450 by Hosokawa Katsumoto, a deputy to the shogun, but it is not actually known, surprisingly enough, exactly who laid out the garden or when, though it is thought to have been around 1499.
Cherry blossoms along the Meguro River in Tokyo, near Shinagawa and Ebisu.
Celebrating hanami, cherry blossom viewing, at Shinjuku-gyoen park. The blossoms only last two weeks and so are often used to symbolize the impermanence of life.