40 Beautiful Cherry Blossom Photos from the Sakura Season in Japan

This year, I’m delighted to share with you 40 stunning cherry blossom photos taken by Alex Kerr, Alfie Goodrich and Junko Sophie Kakizaki in Japan.

PHOTOS BY ALEX KERR

Alex Kerr is a well-known Japanologist and writer. He’s an expert on Japanese art and culture and the author of numerous books, including Lost Japan, a book I highly recommend.

There’s an interesting backstory behind the first few photos below, explaining why the Joshoko-ji Temple in northern Kyoto is a must-see attraction. . .

When Emperor Gomizuno-o visited this temple in the 17th century, he thought the cherry tree was so beautiful he ordered his palanquin to turn back so he could see it again. Since that time, it’s been known as the “Returning palanquin cherry tree”. It’s now a national treasure.

And in full bloom . . .

Below are five photos Alex took in Kameoka, a city in Kyoto Prefecture.

PHOTOS BY ALFIE GOODRICH

Alfie Goodrich is a highly-respected British freelance photographer and photography educator, based in Tokyo. In early 2015, Alfie was appointed official photographer for His Royal Highness, Prince William the Duke of Cambridge during his visit to Japan. He has recently started presenting a travel programme for NHK World television.

Please enjoy Alfie’s magnificent photos below. They are truly unique. It’s an honour for me to share these with you. 

PHOTOS BY JUNKO SOPHIE KAKIZAKI

Junko Sophie Kakizaki is a master of tea ceremony and ikebana flower arrangement. She’s also a promoter of kimono culture and a jewellery designer based in Kyoto. Every one of Junko’s traditional cherry blossom photos is a sight to behold, as you can see below. Please follow this stylish lady on Instagram.

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