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Cherry Blossoms Sightings: Tokyo 2017

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I believe most of you would have seen cherry blossoms at least once before
but I haven’t… so this is my FIRST time! #YAY

Earlier in January, we planned a 5 days trip to Tokyo & based on my research (https://www.kyuhoshi.com/japan-cherry-blossom-forecast/) this site told me that the estimated full bloom timing of the cherry blossoms will be somewhere end March and early April
The window was only like 5 days
& so I booked us for 31st March and I hope nothing goes wrong

The dates were also intentional to coincide with MIL’s birthday
For her privacy, I will not be posting photos of her
Over the holiday, my instagram and facebook posts had no traces of her  – everyone though it was a couple trip
=p

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There’s actually many places to view cherry blossoms
I decided to be a normal tourist and visited Shinjuku Gyoen & Yoyogi Park
#NotTooAdventurous

Learning Point No. 1

Live up to the Kiasu reputation as Singaporeans

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The garden opens at 9am…. Be there at 8am!

The weather was not very kind to us that morning – in fact it rained everyday and temperatures fell to sub 10
Jackets that are windproof & waterproof & comes with a hood are incredibly important!
We stood in line (obviously, we’re the first in the queue)
eagerly waiting to ‘chiong’ in and purchase our entry tickets (abt SGD$2 per pax)

This way, we created a super slim chance for photobombing to happen

Learning Point No. 2

Many shades of Cherry Blossoms

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I’m not sure if it’s just me or….
I didn’t know that cherry blossoms come in many shades and types
#ignorant

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These shots are a few of my favourites

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#BoomerangFun

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A public park where there are a lot more cherry blossom trees and you can expect a whole load more people here since there are no entrance charges
During the weekends, locals flood the park
They ‘reserved’ their personal spot in the park under a specific cherry blossom tree by throwing a canvas probably the night before
We were there real early and the park is already FULL!

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#PatStarTravels
A hashtag I created for Patrick Star
I can’t exactly remember when we started packing PatStar into our luggage
but it’s definitely symbolic and he’s gonna continue travelling with us!

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Check out the amount of people on the ground sitting on blue canvases~
That’s just a small part of the park
I would say that Shinjuku Gyoen is very literary and most of the people in the park are tourists
while I see that the larger proportion of people in Yoyogi Park are locals

I would very much prefer to take a walk in Yoyogi Park than Shinjuku Gyoen

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