Hanami 2017

These sakura paintings are gouache on paper, images of cherry blossoms seen around Tokyo, Japan during hanami.

Hanami, 花見, literally means "flower viewing". Every spring, thousands of people come to parks to see the blooming sakura, or cherry blossoms. The blossoms only last about a week, so it can get crowded. I headed to Yoyogi Park one weekend, and there were so many people coming for hanami that it took 20 minutes just to wait in line to get out of Harajuku station.

By focusing in on the fine details of the tiny blossoms, I aim to preserve the hanami experience. It is immersion - in the hues and tints of the blossoms, the soft springtime sunlight on the petals, the delicious scents, and the cool breezes.

Each painting is 14 x 15 cm, gouache on paper, 2017.

Suginami Sakura 3

Suginami Sakura 3

Suginami Sakura 2

Suginami Sakura 2

Suginami Sakura 1

Suginami Sakura 1

Yellow Blossoms - Omiya Sunset Hill

Yellow Blossoms - Omiya Sunset Hill

Kiyosumi Gardens 5

Kiyosumi Gardens 5

Kiyosumi Gardens 4

Kiyosumi Gardens 4

Zenpukuji River

Zenpukuji River

Kiyosumi Gardens 3

Kiyosumi Gardens 3

Kiyosumi Gardens 2

Kiyosumi Gardens 2

Kiyosumi Gardens 1

Kiyosumi Gardens 1