Sakura season

Sakura at the Broadway arcade in Nakano

We are lucky to arrive at the start of cherry blossom season, called “sakura.” Beautifully pruned trees across the city explode in blush pink petals, inspiring teens, families, co-workers, and seniors to picnic below them, and to get very drunk.

Near the Nakano train station, there are big pink lanterns. And in the main shopping arcade called Broadway, there’s this gorgeous seasonal display in the photo. The arcade was constructed in the 1970s, and it is preserved completely intact. This is common for this area, which has not seen the redevelopment that has transformed other parts of Tokyo into more of a futuristic environment.

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