Until I visited, I didn’t know how much significance the Sakura season had in Japan. My visit to Japan coincided with the Sakura season, which is apparently one of the best times to visit Japan. How lucky?
Sakura season is the cherry blossoming season, when pale pink petals begin to bloom out of cherry trees. It’s definitely a euphoric sight to behold, especially with blue skies in the background. Despite how lavish the bloom is, Sakura season only lasts for a short time - between late March and early April. To the Japanese people, this short-lived season signifies the brilliance, fragility and transience of life. It is seen as a visual reminder that despite how beautiful and powerful life is, it is fragile and short.
During the cherry blossoming season in Japan, many tourists come from all over the world for Sakura viewings, locally referred to as Hanami. I had my first ever Hanami at Nakameguro in Tokyo. The cherry blossoming trees lined the Meguro river on both sides and it was so beautiful. To get to Nakameguro, take either the Hibiya or Tokyo line to Nakameguro Station. Many food stalls filled the roadsides with different types of Japanese street food in celebration of the season. One thing I love about Japanese people is how hardworking they are. They put maximum effort even into the littlest things.
At one of the stalls, I tried ‘Mitarashi’. It’s a type of dango, a Japanese dumpling made from rice flour. The dango is named after the sauce that coats it. The Mitarashi was covered with a syrup that tasted like soy sauce. Although it plated so beautifully, I didn’t like the taste very much. Maybe a different sauce would have been nice.
I wandered around Nakameguro - people watching and enjoying the breathtaking views of the Sakura.