April 17, 2012

Harimazaka by Night

Harimazaka (Harima hill), about a 10-minute walk from Myogadani Station. This street was restructured after World War II, and in the 1960s, 150 sakura trees were planted to beautify the area.

I was surprised that it takes only 50 years for a sakura tree to grow this large. Multiply this tree by 150 and you can imagine how beautiful this lane is. It's certainly one of the best places to visit during hanami season.

When I was here last week, it was the tail end of hanami season. The street is quite long, so there must have been a couple hundred people, enjoying their dinner while sakura petals drifted down.

There were a fair number of work get-togethers as well.

The streetlights hit the sakura just so, making them incandescent in places.

Restaurants and cafes line both sides of the street, so customers there were able to enjoy the view as well.

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