Today, I would like to introduce the cherry blossom viewing walk from Chidori-gafuchi to Yasukuni Shrine.
More than 20 years ago, I lived in Chidori-gafuchi, very close to Yasukuni Shrine. At that time, there was no SMS, and it was a much less crowded place than it is now. The soil on the Chidori-gafuchi Ryokudo was still bare, and I felt like I couldn't walk unless I was careful about the protrusions of the cherry blossom roots. I often get up early in the cherry blossom season, see the cherry blossoms at Chidori-gafuchi, and go to work.
I hope you can see the flowering state of the cherry blossoms yesterday and the crowd.
It is a moat that surrounds the northwest side of the Imperial Palace. It is maintained as a park and is a famous place for cherry blossoms. This cherry tree was planted after the war. Although it is quite old, the sight of 260 cherry blossoms blooming along the moat is a masterpiece.
I like this Chidori-gafuchi cherry blossoms the best in Japan. I forgot whether it was daytime or nighttime 20 years ago, but I saw the cherry blossoms at Chidori-gafuchi. At that time, we also had a banquet at night on this Chidori-gafuchi Ryokudo. I will never forget that the cherry blossoms in the foreground and the cherry blossoms on the other side of the moat overlapped, and the fantastic beauty jumped into my eyes. After that, when I'm in Japan, I come here every year to see the cherry blossoms, but I can't see the scenery again. But every year, I go looking for that impression.
This year, the "Sakura Festival in Chiyoda Ward" will be canceled to prevent the infection of the new coronavirus. There was no illumination at night, and I was told to refrain from going to see the cherry blossoms when I checked it now.
However, it seems that you can see live cherry blossoms on YouTube.
Yesterday, there was a graduation ceremony at Hosei University at Nippon Budokan, so I met a lot of young girls wearing hakama. But I thought that the number of people was smaller than usual. The cherry blossoms are not in full bloom yet. And even when it starts to fall, the petals fall into the moat, so it becomes a flower raft and is very beautiful.
There were so many people, and many people were lined up at the place of worship. After that, it seemed that Hosei University graduates used it as a meeting place and had cherry blossom viewing. The sample tree for the Tokyo District Meteorological Observatory to observe flowering was in full bloom.