Since childhood, my image of Japan has always included visions of cherry blossom pedals drifting through the air, covering everything they touch with a thin white blanket like a dusting of snow. Perhaps it was all the anime, but this vision stuck with me. This was our first trip to Tokyo and great one at that.
Catching the sakura bloom is a rare occurrence for those not living in Japan. The window of time is so short for these delicate flowers. It is similar to catching the peak fall leaves in the Adirondack Mountains, but often with a window of only about a day or two.
This year Jamie and I were extremely lucky. We had planned this trip several months in advance and luck would have it that the flowers were in full bloom when we arrived. We only had about a day and a half with the blossoms though because a strong rain storm swiftly swept them from their branches the day after we arrived. We had an amazing time in Tokyo and we will definitely be returning.