I headed to Naka-meguro one evening last week. It was a spontaneous decision, and as I sat on the bus, half asleep after a long, tiring day at work, I wondered whether I really should have been pushing myself so much just to see some flowers.
The thing is, these aren’t just any old flowers… they are cherry blossoms! Any other flower and I would have definitely chosen to go straight home and pass out under my warm kotatsu. I’m glad I didn’t listen to that inner voice this time!
As I walked from the bus stop towards Naka-meguro, the famous canal came into view. My first reaction was to gasp. Wow. What an incredible sight. Waves upon waves of pink and white blooms flowed over the sides of the canal. The shallow water moved gently, carrying fallen petals downstream while reflecting all of the colours above – the dark blue night sky, the red lanterns lining both sides of the canal and the soft pink flowers dancing around in the breeze. The bridges that cross the river are always the best vantage point – you get amazing views straight down the sakura tunnel. I often hear people complaining of the crowds, but at least on this night everyone was very calm and patiently took turns taking photos from the bridges.
Some of you would probably know this was not my first time to see this stunning sight. In fact, I go here every spring. But it never fails to surprise me. Each time it feels like I’m seeing it for the first time. The only thing that would make it better is if they started offering small boat rides! Imagine how breathtaking it would be to lie back as you float down the river and see this above you.