In mid-April 2021, Tokyo exited its state of emergency. It was time for people to enjoy their flower festivals again. One that made a welcome return was the wisteria at Kameido Tenjin. I had been looking forward to it for a long time.
Only a couple of days prior, I thought I shouldn’t go. I strongly felt I shouldn’t. Coronavirus was still here, and the number of cases wasn’t dropping. But I hadn’t got any good pics of the wisteria for several years. In the end, I went. A foolish thing to do in hindsight? That is something I won’t deny.
I went late in the afternoon, the latest I’d ever been. There was some rationale for that. In 2021, there was no light up for the flowers. I figured few people would be there, which was what I wanted.
And I also guessed, in the late afternoon sun, the flowers would look their best. Around sunset, the grounds look superb. A soft afternoon light cast a lovely glow over everything. The wisteria looked terrific.
I almost got the perfect picture of Tokyo Skytree. If only the pool lights had been on and more clouds. Wishful thinking, I know.
For those of you wanting to read my main article about Kameido Tenjin, click here. It is a must-see for shrine and flower lovers! I highly recommend visiting there in spring.
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