Mesmerising Cherry Blossom Stroll Along The Meguro River In Tokyo, Japan 日本追樱记 2016: 穿行樱花隧道之中, 东京目黑川
This walk in Tokyo is enjoyable at any time of year, but it is particularly lovely when the cherry blossoms are blooming. Every person in Tokyo has her favorite spot. It is hard to declare where the most beautiful sakura blossoms are, or where the best place to view them would be as well as describe how beautiful it is to be completely surrounded by Cherry Blossoms......
Nakameguro is a beautiful neighborhood in Tokyo with trees of Cherry Blossoms on Meguro River running through it. Cherry trees line both sides of the river, starting from Nakameguro Station and running in both directions. The best way to enjoy sakura around the Meguro River is to stroll along the rows of sakura there. I strolled along the paths along the river and it was amazing to see this transformation. In April they were in full bloom.
The Meguro River used to be an important water resource for farming in the area. The river used to be very narrow and really shallow, hence frequently caused floods. So during the 1980s they decided to widen the river to lower the risk of flooding. Then cherry trees were first planted to celebrate the day the project done and also to improve the landscape of the river. Later, more cherry trees were added several times over decades. Now, Nakameguro is a home to more than 800 of cherry trees lined stretch along the quiet Meguro River.
Most of the cherry trees planted along this river are the Somei Yoshino cherry trees, a type of cherry blossom that makes more than 80 percent of cherry blossom growing in Japan. There are two main reasons why they are so popular. The first is that the leaves won't show up until after full bloom. So it's easier to view the flowers as the foliage won't get in the way, giving a stunning homogeneous look of the tree for the viewers. The other reason that I found is the Somei Yoshino cherry tree has more rapid growth rate than other species. They will be full grown and start to bloom at about 10 years old.
This is a very popular spot, especially on weekends. It is mainly the elderly and the very young who sit beneath the branches and collectively sigh as a gust of wind releases a shower of petals called a hana fubuki (flower blown snow). The youngest chase the falling flowers whilst the oldies halfheartedly try to catch a petal in their sake cups. It is a very lovely spot to linger a while either marveling at the fragility of these beautiful flowers or gazing at the forceful river, itself blanketed in pretty pink petals.
You will soon find yourself on the Meguro Shinbashi bridge, with the Meguro River, now hemmed in by concrete walls so that it resembles more of a canal, swiftly flowing beneath you. Looking upriver will give you one of those many breathtaking moments that occur in Japan. Both banks of the river are heavily planted with sakura trees, and at this time of the year they are brimming with petals that shimmer and scatter on the smallest of breezes. Walking along the banks is a delight.
I walked the length of the canal until I reached one of the small bridges that cross the river. How far you walk is up to you. You can then return via the opposite bank. Alternatively, you can walk until you reach Nakameguro Station, and then return home from there.
The flowers became waves of colors and scents as many visitors enjoyed taking their photos and being surrounded by them.
The image of a canopy of cherry blossom that formed a flowery roof over the sparkling river did mesmerize me. Looking from far away, the flowers just painted the sky in pink. It was so amazingly gorgeous.
A beautiful and calming sight that must be experienced.
During Spring in Japan, the blossoms win. They are only here for such a fleeting time, after all.
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