Hanami: Cherry Blossom Viewing

Spring is here!

I can feel it in the air and the days are getting warmer and longer. But the cherry trees have long ago shed their beautiful petals, and yet I’m still reminiscing on getting to see them only once this year.

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I look forward to the cherry blossom viewings (or “hanami”; literally flower viewing) every single year because it means spring is around the corner, they’re beautiful and also they’re a reminder that things don’t last forever. I think at the most we get the cherry trees in full bloom for no more than two weeks, sometimes even less because at the same time we get wind storms, so they’re gone pretty quick.

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Even so, I make it a thing to visit downtown Portland every year when the cherry trees are in full bloom. They’re one of my favorite trees and I love them so much! They bring a vibrancy and colorfulness to the waterfront.

This year it was just CL and I because Alex was at work. Sadly, he missed them because it started raining literally the next day and the entire weekend. But I took enough photos to show him, and you guys as well, just how stunning they look.

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I like the cherry blossoms traditions the Japanese hold in Japan and how the cherry blossoms are symbolic of the arrival of spring, and fleeting nature of life. To the Japanese, spring time is a time of renewal and I agree with that notion. Around this time of year I tend to reflect on much of the stuff I have done or learned over the winter and how I can improve on myself.

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The seasons are essentially a life  cycle on their own, and I think it’s important to be in tune with nature because we can become a better version of ourselves, at least that’s my opinion. But enough about what I think, do you guys ever go to hanami?

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Are there cherry blossoms near you?

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28 thoughts on “Hanami: Cherry Blossom Viewing

  1. Courtney says:

    Oh my goodness, SO stunning!! I love love love cherry blossoms. They are definitely some of my favorite flowers. Not only are they gorgeous, but you did such a great job with your photos! I love that you got to go! ❤ Thanks for sharing!!

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    • ayrgalaxy says:

      My fave as well! 😀 xx
      I haven’t been practicing my photography besides the product photography here on my blog, so it’s nice to hear that you think my photos turned out nice 😀 thank you!! xx

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    • ayrgalaxy says:

      Aren’t they?? I love them!
      And that’s so sad you guys don’t have them over there! They’re gorgeous when they bloom! The only thing that sucks is that they don’t last more than two weeks in full bloom so unless you guys plan on coming this way end of March / beginning of April you’ll miss them completely! 😦

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    • ayrgalaxy says:

      Do you have any near where you live? I don’t believe I’ve ever asked where you’re from LOL
      Thank you! I want to get better at photography in general so this was a great opportunity to practice a bit because I haven’t in a long time

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      • Mrs Strawberry Blonde says:

        There aren’t any cherry trees anywhere near. But we have plenty of lavender and lilac. The lilac is beautiful to look at, and I love the sweet scent!
        You take great photos – not just of makeup but also nature. It’s great that you want to keep improving!

        I’m in London, UK. 🙂

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        • ayrgalaxy says:

          Oh I see. As far as I know these ones were a gift from Japan. It’s technically called the Japanese American Historical Plaza. It’s a memorial for those who were interned during WWII.
          I loveeee lavender! I don’t think I’ve seen many lilac around here so I’m a bit jealous! ;P
          Aw thanks loveee! Wish me luck!! 😀
          Oooh I’d love to go to London someday! If only I can save up enough money for it.

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    • ayrgalaxy says:

      Right? And I’m so sorry about your allergies! That must be so awful! I only get minor allergies and i hate them so much! 😦
      I’ve heard so much about DC’s cherry trees, I’d love to see them for myself someday!

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  2. Mackenzie says:

    I love what you said about what cherry blossom represent- that they don’t last forever. It is a reminder to hang on tight to the good moments and also realize the bad will pass too. I also feel the same when spring comes- definitely a time to reflect and also plan/make goals too. “Renewal” as you said- perfect word to describe it.

    I cannot get over how beautiful all the trees are. CL looks like he is having a ball too!

    Thank you so much for sharing this Hanami with us!

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    • ayrgalaxy says:

      Yes exactly! I love that someone caught on that LOL
      He loved running around even thought at first he was like “I don’t want to go there!” XD
      Thanks for stopping by! I need to visit your blog soon, I feel like I haven’t read about your life in a while haha

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