This series documents the first weekend of April when the yearly bloom of the Japanese cherry blossom is at its peak. People from across the country and around the globe flock to cultural and metropolitan centers to view the precious flowers known as “sakura”. Kyoto, being the epicenter of Japanese culture, experiences one of the largest rushes of tourism during this relatively short period.
“Hanami” is a sacred part of the bloom season. This practice involves gathering with others under the blooming trees with food and drink. It is a time of leisure, connectivity, and observance.
The following images capture the harmony between the sakura and those who choose to indulge in its beauty.