Spring was back in Tokyo, and I was more than happy. In 2020 I missed the Azalea Festival at Nezu Shrine. Coronavirus caused its cancellation. Now it was back for 2021. I was excited. It is one of my favorite events in the city.
We were back to normal again. Well, almost. There was one significant change. There were no food stalls. Thanks to the virus, they weren’t allowed. I missed them. Eating at festivals is half the fun! I hoped they would be back in 2022.
It was good to see the beautiful azaleas again especially great spring weather. Once again, it was a flower-lovers paradise. Cameras and smartphones were out in force!
And in 2021, I did something new. I bracketed most of the pictures I took. And as tripods aren’t allowed at Nezu Shrine’s garden, I took every shot handheld.
It amazes me how far photography has come. The bracketing option I use on the Fujifilm X-T3 takes three pics. Then all I need to do is choose two. Lightroom does the rest. Usually, I’d do it manually. But, when there are so many branches and leaves to deal with, I take the easy way out.
One surprising thing was the lack of social distancing. You can’t see it in these pictures, but too many people congregated in some areas. I kept my distance as much as possible.
In May 2021, the number of coronavirus cases had been climbing, so I avoided most of these flower festivals. The authorities were very concerned, and I made an effort to avoid crowds.
For those who have been to this festival, please let us know your experience. You can also read my article about Nezu Shrine on the website too. It is a terrific place and worth a visit, especially with those beautiful azaleas.
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