Nakano-Dori cherry blossoms in 2019

The Nakano-Dori cherry blossoms in 2019 were good. I used to work near them in 1996. I did. The area was awesome. My job was great. The people I worked with were great. And I had great 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?

I didn’t see the Nakano-Dori cherry blossoms. The street is famous for its trees. Even though I worked only a few hundred meters from them, I didn’t see them. At that time, the internet was in its infancy. I didn’t know that a great place existed a short walk from my school. It was a pity because it had everything needed for a great day out, especially in spring.

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. There were no places to sit down to enjoy the flowers. After all, it was a  shopping area. That’s okay, though, as it was something different.

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, the Fujiya Camera store near Sun Mall is the place to go!

But for cherry blossom 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.

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.

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

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

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

Nakano-Dori cherry blossoms 2019 photo gear:

  • Camera body:  Fujifilm X-T2
  • Lenses: Fujifilm XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR

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