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Nakano-Dori cherry blossoms in 2019

In 1996, I worked in Nakano.  That year was a really good one.  I enjoyed my job.  The people I worked with were great.  And I had good friends.  But having said that, there is one thing I didn’t do.  It took me twenty-three years to rectify that.  What was it?  

cars at traffic lights under cherry blossoms

I didn’t see the cherry blossoms along Nakano-Dori.  Nakano-Dori is a street that is famous for its trees.  At that time, with no internet, I didn’t know that a great place existed a short work from my school.  It was a pity because it has everything needed for a great day out, especially in spring.

cherry blossoms on street corner

In 2019, I finally photographed the street and trees.  It is not Tokyo’s most famous place for cherry blossoms, but I was very impressed.  It is quite different.  There is no place to sit down to enjoy the flowers, as people go there to shop.  That’s okay, though, as it is something different.

cherry blossoms on Nakano-Dori_

Nakano isn’t an upscale area, but I’ve always liked it. There are many places to eat and drink, and shopping is enjoyable.  If you are a photographer, Fujiya Camera Store near Sun Mall is the place to go!

cherry blossoms over road

But for cherry blossoms lovers, Nakano-Dori is the place to check out with a camera.  And as it is on the Chuo line, it is only a short train ride from Shinjuku.  With the trees along both sides of the road, it is beautiful.

cherry blossoms over urban road

When I republished these photos from 2019, I noticed a massive error in them.  Have you noticed?  It’s pretty big.  To me, it now sticks out like a sore thumb.

traffic under cherry blossom-lined road

The photos are mostly the same.  When I went there, I was awestruck.  The tree-lined street was so beautiful.  My mind was locked on that.  So I took most of my photos looking along the road.  I hardly showed anything else!

Nakano-Dori cherry blossoms

Don’t misunderstand me.  I like these photos.  But it’s a common newbie photography mistake that most beginners make.  I have done it many times.  Hopefully, I’ve been making it less since then.

Nakano-Dori under cherry blossoms

If you are ever in Tokyo and have the time, you should check the Nakano-Dori cherry blossoms out.  It is very good.  Make sure to take a camera with you!

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