Sakura on the Meguro River

Sakura on the Meguro River │ NEX-7 & Canon nFD 50mm F1.4 │ 50mm, ISO 1600, f/2, 1/40, RAW

This could only really be Japan...

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Continuing our weekend of cherry blossom viewing, we went on a Sunday afternoon walk down the Meguro River, from Nakameguro to Ikejiriohashi.

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We went with the knowledge that the blossoms are lit up at night, but we were not prepared for the visual feast which awaited us.

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We arrived before dusk, with the continual weekend theme of cloud, but were greeted by the most vibrant and unique sites of this year thus far.

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Thousands of people walked the streets, eating, drinking, taking photos, laughing, and generally having a great time. Quite a contrast to our picnic on Saturday, it made for a lovely Sunday afternoon walk.

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As the light fell, the lanterns began to pop out from between the voluminous blossoms.

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Twilight is short in Japan, and it was soon pitch black, with only the lanterns to guide us.

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We finished off the evening with a hearty soup, bringing the weekend to a relaxing close.

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These photos are all from RAW images taken with my NEX-7 and either Voitgtlander Nokton Classic 35mm F1.4 or Canon FDn 50mm F1.4. I hope you like the photos :)