Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms,
Across the Spring sky,
As far as you can see.
Is it a mist, or clouds?
Fragrant in the air.
Come now, come,
Let’s look, at last!

— “Sakura,” verse 2

Joined some lady friends to cruise Wakamiya Oji Dori, the street leading to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura. Sang a round of “Sakura.” Ate some cherry blossom ice cream. Rocking the hanami, baybee!

Sakura traffic
Photo: On Wakamiya Oji Dori

Obi
Photo: Sakura obi

Sakura ice cream
Photo: Sakura ice cream

Kamakura sakura
Photo: Wakamiya Oji Dori

Sakura and tori
Photo: The tori gate of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu

Branches over water
Photo: On the grounds of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu

Duck water blossoms

shigure sakura

Peonies and sakura

Candied strawberries
Photo: Sakura festival booth–candied strawberries on Ritz crackers

Candied grapes
Photo: Sakura festival booth–candied grapes

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