When I visited the Kanda River cherry blossoms in 2017, I had a very good and terrible day. The good? Even though the sky was cloudy, the cherry blossoms along the Kanda river were fantastic. The bad? My beloved Pentax K3 died. The rear display fizzled, went black, and said goodbye.
I’d had Pentax cameras since 2012 when I bought my first, a K-30. It was my first “real” DSLR camera, and I enjoyed it a lot. With its matte orange finish, it always got looks from people.
Then in 2014, I upgraded to a Pentax K3. For three years, I never had a problem with it. It had been a good camera.
It was easy to use and had excellent image quality. The build quality was second to one. Pentax mightn’t be as well-known as Canon or Nikon these days, but some of its cameras are very good.
Anyway, I thought long and hard about my next camera. I thought about buying another Pentax. As much as I liked the brand, it didn’t seem to be heading anywhere in those days.
In the end, I bought a Fujifilm X-T2. I was impressed with the excellent lenses at reasonable prices, 4K video, and its versatility. And the talk of its retro feel grabbed me. Everything I heard was very positive.
Let’s get back to the Kanda’s cherry blossoms. As I already mentioned, when I went, the weather was very overcast, but the trees looked fabulous. I walked only two kilometers from Takaido station to Hamadayama and back again. It was enjoyable.
Even though the Kanda is a river, it’s more like a canal. There is very little natural about it where I walked. On both sides of the water are drab, high concrete walls, but it still looks great when the trees are blooming.
It is one of my favorite cherry blossom spots, especially with the many small bridges that cross it. It is quite picturesque. The people who live near it must count themselves as very lucky in spring.
I’ve never seen it crowded. You’ll see a few people have picnics there, but most are joggers and people walking their dogs. Sometimes one or two photographers. It is a peaceful place.
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