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My first pics of 2022 plum blossoms at Hanegi Park

The 2022 plum blossoms at Hanegi Park were excellent.   They put some life back into Tokyo.  It was a sign winter would soon be over.  Plus, the weather was great.  It was a great morning of photography.

pink plum blossoms at Hanegi Park

There was only one disappointment.  Clouds covered the horizon, so we couldn’t see Mount Fuji. Did you know that?  You can see it from a local park in Setagaya.  I don’t know how many people know that. One day, I’ll post pictures of an earlier festival, and you’ll see it.

white plum blossoms

This year, there was no festival again.  I was happy about that for selfish reasons.  With no stalls, the park looked better.  And that also meant fewer people to share the flowers!


One thing pleasantly surprised me.  Many people had cameras.  I’m not talking about smartphones.  There were DSLRs and mirrorlesses.  

white plum blossoms at Hanegi Park

It was good to see.  It made me feel that there might still be a future for the camera industry.  Maybe sales are picking up?  Or what I saw was an anomaly?

plum blossom tree

I dare say it was an anomaly.  Camera sales have dropped so much in recent years.  According to Camera Pop, sales amounted to 120 million units in 2010, but most were compacts.

pink plum blossoms

You don’t see many compact cameras these days.  Most people use mirrorless or DSLRs, with some medium format thrown in.  Smartphones are good enough for most people, to be honest.

pink plum blossoms

Let’s get back to the flowers.  Hanegi Park’s plum blossoms looked pretty good.  I would like to go again to get a photograph of Mount Fuji, but that probably won’t happen.  Well, the park doesn’t have the best view of the mountain, but I like to get pictures of it from unexpected places.

old man using camera

The weather might deteriorate again next week, and I’ll probably need to work.  I might get lucky and have some free time.  If I do, and if the weather is good, the smart thing will be to photograph another place.  Already I’m thinking of going to Keio Mogusaen.

plum blossom trees
2022 plum blossoms at Hanegi Park

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That’s it for this article about the 2022 plum blossoms at Hanegi Park.  If you have questions or comments, please leave them below.  And don’t be afraid to share any thoughts about the future of the camera.

4 thoughts on “My first pics of 2022 plum blossoms at Hanegi Park”

  1. The first signs of spring which means we’re probably only days away from hay fever hell! Good to see plenty of folk sticking with interchangeable lens cameras. For close ups, portraits and the like smartphones are fine but for landscape and action pics I’m afraid a 12-megapixel iPhone 13 isn’t going to cut it. Still loyal to the Pentax brand and about to drop a pretty penny on the Pentax K-3 Mark III which by all accounts rivals the Fujifilm X-T4 at least with IQ.

    1. Thanks for dropping by David. If I had the money to spare I’d pick up a K-1 for sure. The K-3 MkIII seems like a great camera, but the price? Anyway, as a former Pentax user, I’m glad they are still going. I actually miss my K-30. That was a nice beginner’s camera.

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