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A visitor rides a boat in the Chidorigafuchi moat covered with petals of cherry blossoms in Tokyo on Thursday as the "hanami" season approaches its end in the capital.

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Amazing pic !

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Another magical hanami photo! I don't limit myself to viewing the blossoms on the trees. Sometimes I'll shake the branches to create a pink snowstorm, or I'll grab a hand full of petals and toss them in the air. But my favorite was at Tsukui Koko years ago. There is a spot near the school building where the wind creates a pink tornado when the conditions are right. It was surreal standing in the middle of it :-)

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Good-bye, the “hanami” season! The VERY short period in full bloom and the beauty of cherry blossoms are often likened to the fragility of human life, you know.

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We know, we know

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This is one of the best places to see sakura, and going out on a boat, like the man in this picture is doing, at the end of the season when many of the petals have fallen, is an absolutely beautiful experience. I can't recommend it highly enough.

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Chuichi: "The VERY short period in full bloom and the beauty of cherry blossoms are often likened to the fragility of human life, you know."

Yes, same as cicada, sparklers, and a dozen other things (and cranes, turtles, etc. embody the opposite), but at least those weren't used as propaganda for war.

Anyway, if the dude in the boat weren't in the picture it would be pure "wabi-sabi". Love the carpet of petals as well as the trees. It was indeed but a fleeting moment this year more than many.

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sensei 258 - We know, we know. Sometimes I'll shake the branches to create a pink snowstorm.

Why would you even do that?

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@Hashimura-san - Extremely well stated. I am not Japanese, but lived there for almost 25 years. I am grateful to you for your well expressed sentiments and insights into the Japanese customs and culture, which I don't even pretend to know about, even after living there for a long time. Keep them coming ! Thanks again !

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