Well as it turns out, my timing to arrive in Tokyo was excellent – the cherry blossoms (sakura) were in bloom, which they only do for one week in the year. I was lucky enough to be taken out to see them, and I understand why it’s such a big event on the Japanese calendar. They are breathtaking, but disappear very quickly, so it’s all a bit poetic too. I took these pictures of the trees loaded with blossoms on a Sunday, and was told that by Monday or Tuesday, they’ll be gone.
As well as being extremely beautiful, they are also extremely popular:
Not only is it a chance to see stunning foliage, but it’s also a great reason to go and sit under the trees with beers and sake. Which, as I can now testify, is excellent.