Mt. Fuji Sakuras at Dawn Photos
Life is short. Life is beautiful.
That’s the lesson the Japanese take from the Sakura season every spring. All over the country, cherry blossom trees planted by everyone from the emperor to a rural schoolteacher develop their buds in springtime.
"Arakurayama Sengen Sunrise" was taken during my two week trip to Japan with my son. I promised him that when he turned 16, we could take a trip anywhere he wanted, just me and him. He picked Japan, and our planning led us to the country during the height of cherry blossom season. We lucked out as we moved from Osaka to Fuji and up to Tokyo, the peaking flowers seemed to follow us the entire way. At this location, just two days before, none of the trees had begun to flower.
The blooms spring forth from their buds for a very short period, sometimes just days, before fluttering to the earth. Being in the right place at the right time during Sakura season involves planning, and a little bit of luck.
Finding a place that’s not overrun with people isn’t too hard if you’re willing to venture away from the tourist hotspots. You could be driving past a 7-11 in the middle of nowhere and find yourself drawn to pull over at the sight of one of the most beautiful Sakura trees you’ve seen yet. Or you could get up at 4 am to hike up to FUJI Park before the crowds get there to watch the sunrise behind Fuji with sakuras all around a perfect red pagoda.
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