Good morning, please follow me to the cherry blossoms! …that is a petal on my head. Our first stop in Tokyo is Aoyama Cemetery, near Tokyo Metro’s Nogizaka Station. I dreamed up visions of cherry blossoms drooping over marble memorials Savannah-style but of course Aoyama is a Japanese-style cemetery with more stone lanterns (below) than angels. I find cemeteries very pleasant in general with just the right amount of spine-tingling, but Japanese cemeteries are full of cremated remains instead of skeletons, so the spook factor drops.
Even more food vendors…even more cherry blossoms circle Ueno Park’s Shinobazu Pond, where one couple was feeding a small army of ducks under fluffy, thick, pinkish foliage.