Japan is renowned for its breathtaking cherry blossom showers every spring. It is a magical time of the year where it is tradition to put on a kimono and go to the popular blossom viewing festivities at a park near or far. The Japanese people have a word for this tradition and that word is hanami. Hanami describes the viewing of sakura blossoming, and enjoying the transient beauty of these beautiful flowers that only bloom for a week or two at most.
I was lucky enough to arrive in Tokyo just as the blossoms started to open up and spend the next few days enjoying hanami in various parts of Tokyo and was gifted with tiny and soft baby pink petals raining down on me the last couple of days of my visit as the blossoms started to fall.
But cherry blossoms are not the only reason to visit Tokyo as it is one of the most aesthetic cities in Asia in terms of art focused on nature. It is a modern city with old traditions living on side by side. Temples are nestled in between bustling office spaces, turtles sunbathe in ponds while the water’s surface shows the reflections of the neighboring skyscrapers and in quiet little alleyways nearby, residential homes are decorated with urban gardens and lazy cats lounging about.
Few cities in Asia have mastered living a fast-paced modern lifestyle while maintaining it’s famed simple and historical aesthetics such as Japan has. So go for a long leisurely stroll down the streets of Tokyo and keep your eyes peeled for art installed in plain sight.