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Saturday March 3rd, Kenji and I went to Tokyo to see the famous cherry blossom places. We caught an early train from Shinmachi to Shinjuku station, then walked to our first destination, Shinjuku Gyouen.

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A random picture of a seven eleven

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The tree near there had a cute bird in it, perfectly framed by sakura… and the moment I zoomed in to get a better picture, it was gone!

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In the actual park, we entered through a small gate (lucky for us, the main gate was PACKED!), and walked around the park taking pictures.

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I took about a million flower pictures, so I just chose a few to post!

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A few more

Next we caught the train at Shinjuku station to the Imperial Palace. It was my first time there, so we spent some extra time looking around. There weren’t many cherries there, but the ones that were there were very pretty!

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Walking around

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The bridge and the palace was the main view for everyone, despite the lack of cherries.

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We walked out the other side to some pretty views of the moat!

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After getting out of the palace, we walked back to the train station and came upon a small park on the way with a little festival going on, so we stopped for some food and also a nice chat with some sake dealers, whom we bought a bottle from. Then we headed to the station for the next stop!

Right now Tokyo is in the process of building the Tokyo Sky Tree, a giant structure that will be twice the height of the current Tokyo Tower. When we went it had juuust surpassed the height of Tokyo Tower, so we took the opportunity to go see it being built. And of course, there were some nice cherry trees nearby!

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Tokyo Tower, Sakura, and a Blimp.

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I still can’t quite figure out what they were going for with that gold thingy…

The famous Ueno Park was our last stop for the day. We headed there for sunset and to catch nightfall. It was worth it despite the crowds; there is a reason it is so famous!

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Another million pictures taken…

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Night falls

We spent some time under the blossoms, but it began to rain as it got dark, so we headed to my favorite kebab place for dinner, then caught the train back to Shinjuku. Walked around a bit, got another bite to eat, then headed home. Quite a productive day! And then I had to sort through picture after picture of cherry blossoms…. agh!

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