Veni, vidi, vici. Latin for "I came, I saw, I conquered". How would you say "they came, they were seen, they conquered"? Vēnērunt, visi sunt, vīcērunt? My Latin days are long past; can anybody verify my translation?
The 2014 edition of the Annual Cherry Blossom Invasion has arrived, and I'll do my best to spam you with photos. I'll have fewer opportunities for walkpeditions this year, but yesterday, on a rare Saturday off, I went for a walk along the Kanda River from Nakanoshinbashi Station to Takadanobaba Station. I wanted to see cherry blossoms, but I wanted to avoid weekend crowds, and this was a good choice.
It's a quiet walk through a suburban area, with only one fairly busy, rowdy spot: Kandagawa Jōsui Kōen (神田川 上水公園).
They trees are not in full bloom yet, so I'll focus on close-ups. I've become mildly obsessed with the little clumps of blossoms that grow directly from the trunk. It's a cherry blossom thing; plum blossoms don't do this. I love the contrast between the soft petals and the rough bark.
|Possibly my favourite photo from this particular walkpedition|
|Shinjuku: glass skyscrapers and blossoms|
|The entire path from Nakanoshinbashi Station to Takadanobaba Station|
looks like this. It's a very easy stroll.
|Cherry blossom motif on the railing next to the river, plus a reminder that smoking while walking is a filthy habit,|
|Bonus photo of a temple in Bunkyō, taken on Friday|
|Bonus photo of cherry blossoms peeping out from underneath Kanda Myōjin's roof|
|Bonus photo of VERY pink blossoms. I don't know what this variety is called.|