I've been in Japan for the last nine days, and I've got three more left. Since arriving, I've had many local friends tell me how lucky I am, 'cause the cherry blossoms have been coming in almost a month earlier than usual. Today, I found quite a few in full bloom, including many a tree in Rikugien Gardens located in Tokyo. I brought these two with me for the sole purpose of hopefully getting to photograph them with sakura, and I wasn't at all disappointed. These are two of my favorite photos I've taken to date.