Bokutei Sakura Matsuri
There are a lot of festivals (matsuris) during the cherry blossom (sakura) season in Tokyo and Japan. One of the most largest and most popular in Tokyo is the Bokutei Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival) at Sumida Koen (park), near Asakusa, along the banks of the Sumida River.
The festival period varies depending on cherry flowering period and it was held from March 27 to April 4 this year.
Various events were held throughout the day, especially during the weekend.
Several water vessels or boats gave their passengers a good view of the many cherry blossom trees along both banks of the Sumida River.
Since Sumida Koen has many cherry blossom trees, it was a popular spot for cherry blossom tree viewing drinking parties called hanami.
Kimino clad geishas (probably not real geishas) serving tea was very popular and attracted many non-participating photographers like me.
A team of young women entertained the crowd with some very energetic taiko drumming.
There was kimono wearing instructions and mochi pounding sumo wrestlers.
The Ushima Shrine was nearby and also had many cherry trees.