Meguro Madness

Each year around the first of April, Tokyo comes alive with color, as Sakura trees all over the city burst into full bloom.

The Japanese have an appreciation for the beauty of nature, and Sakura season brings out thousands to view the blossoms. There is even a term for it – hanami – meaning, roughly, flower viewing. In parks and gardens all around Tokyo, you’ll see hanami parties. Tarps on the ground, food, drink, and people just having a great time enjoying the spring weather and beautiful Sakura blooms.

One of the more popular hanami areas is the Meguro river. A stream running about eight kilometers through several wards of Tokyo, it is well known for the hundreds of Sakura trees lining its banks. Particularly in the area around Nakameguro, thousands of people come to stroll along the river, take in some street food, sip some Sakura-themed drinks and view the beautiful blossoms.

Getting to Meguro river is easy. Just take the JR Yamanote line to Meguro station. It’s a five-minute walk to the river. From there, just look at the beautiful trees and follow the crowds. It’s a walk you’re sure to enjoy.

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My husband and I were both born and raised in Kansas, but for the past 20+ years we have been living in Atlanta, Georgia. Now, with our children grown and out of the house, we have the opportunity to spend two years living in Tokyo. My husband will be working with the Japanese counterpart to his American company. UPDATE 2023... After 4-1/2 years in Tokyo, we returned to Atlanta. Now we are heading to London for a three year job assignment!

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