Sankeien Garden in Spring

Sankeien Garden

Yokohama is a very astonishing city with endless possibility. That’s why I always make sure to check the Yokohama City’s website for latest news and events. From there, I found out that the their notable Sankeien Garden was open for night cherry blossoms viewing until 8 p.m. due to season as opposed to its regular closing time of 5 p.m.

Sankeien Garden

Sankeien Garden

Inside, I was astounded when I saw bunch of photographers with tripods lined up beside the lake. I was curious as the sun was still up at that point. Looking closer, I realized that they were saving their spots for later’s low light shooting.

Sankeien Garden

Sankeien Garden

Walking further, I met a nice couple who asked me to take their photos with the cherry blossoms, until then, they would always thanked me whenever we bump into each other.

Sankeien Garden

Sankeien Garden

This photo was taken by a fellow visitor. He-she’s a very cheerful tranny by the way. It happened when I offered to take her photo as she looked struggling with her camera timer and tripod to take photo of herself. From there, she offered to take my photos too and took several photos of me like a mini photoshoot. I will not deny, she has the good eye for photography!

Sankeien Garden

Sankeien Garden

Sankeien Garden
Cherry blossom ice cream

Sankeien Garden

Sankeien Garden is a huge garden and there were even small hiking trails inside. Unfortunately, I arrived there at 4:30 p.m. and hiking trails were already closed for safety reasons. Nevertheless, just walking around the garden was already considered a hike like I said it’s HUGE.

My short solo trip to this beautiful garden with random people encounter was fun, but not as fun when you’re with someone else. I missed my hubby, it was already getting late and I was getting hungry. I was time to go home.

For more information about this beautiful garden, click here to visit their website. When you visit Tokyo, I really recommend having a side trip to Yokohama City.

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It was also be my first Christmas with my new in-laws, so I had a lot of fun looking out for the best places to buy gifts so I could get them all something really special. Here are some of the things I got up to doing during my first holiday season abroad: Continue reading…

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I would like to share with you on how I applied for a Japan Tourist Visa while I was still in the United States. Even though I’m a Green Card holder, I am still a Filipino Citizen and therefore required to enter Japan with a Visa.

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A Glimpse of Cherry Blossoms and the man with priceless face

Cherry Blossoms in our neighborhood

Husband goes home late night on certain days of the week and two days ago was one of those days. I got bored at the house and from there, I embarked on yet another trip alone somewhere not far from where we live and thought of going to Sankeien Garden in Yokohama (which I will blog about later).

I was very surprised that cherry blossoms were already bloomed just across from where we live. They weren’t there 3 days ago and now it’s just BOOOOM! Cherry blossoms! It’s like magic that happens overnight.

Cherry Blossoms in our neighborhood

On my way to the bus stop, I saw an old man sitting at the bench starring at the cherry blossoms and his face was priceless — a face so bright and peaceful. A face that doesn’t carry burden in the world. A face of contentment. A face of happiness.

“Konnichiwa!” (Good afternoon) I greeted.

He greeted me back with a smile and I was blown away. I didn’t expect that he’d greet me back.

This man, is he a saint? He’s seemed very happy and contented with his life. I wish I had that kind of attitude.

Cherry Blossoms in our neighborhood

As I walked away, I remembered he was the same old man I’ve seen while I was running before. On the same bench starring up at the trees, same face, same expression.

Cherry Blossoms in our neighborhood

Cherry Blossoms in our neighborhood

Cherry Blossoms in our neighborhood

I paused and realized I have been here for 3 months but why I had never stopped by here (benches)? With great surroundings and quiet environment, this place could help me think, relax, and be connected to myself.

Sometimes, the ones that’s close to us (from where we live) are best enjoyed. We don’t always have to go that far to enjoy life. They could be just around the corner just waiting to be discovered.

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My name is Ada, an old-fashioned, curly, jumper, wanderlust, who enjoys budget and DIY traveling.

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