Friday, April 7, 2017

Spring Means Sakura

Cherry blossoms make magical scene at Tokyo’s Megurogawa

The Asahi Shimbun  April 7, 2017 

Cherry blossoms are seen from a canoe on the Megurogawa river that flows in Meguro and Shinagawa wards in Tokyo. (Video taken by Kotaro Ebara and Teruo Kashiyama)

Cherry blossoms have reached their picturesque peak along the Megurogawa river, one of the most popular sakura sightseeing spots in Tokyo.

Petals have begun accumulating on the river, dropping from the trees’ branches that hang down from either side to skim the water’s surface.

Visitors armed with smartphones and cameras can be seen taking countless photos of the cherry blossoms from the river banks and bridges.

About 1,350 cherry trees line the river in an 8-kilometer section from the capital’s Meguro Ward to Shinagawa Ward.

As water scooters and other vessels have had an increasing presence on the river in recent years, the Shinagawa Ward government has set up a committee with other organizations concerned to improve their manners.

A limit on the number of vessels on the river to those that had made applications in advance came into effect on April 1 and 2. The rule was implemented in cooperation with the Metropolitan Police Department and the Tokyo Coast Guard Office.

The Shinagawa Canal Festival is scheduled to be held April 7, 8 and 9 in Higashi-Shinagawa marine park, located near the mouth of the Megurogawa river, among other places, with attractions including a cherry blossom-viewing cruise ship.

Cherry blossoms bloom along the Megurogawa river in Tokyo’s Meguro Ward on April 6. (Kotaro Ebara)

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