Savvy Tokyo Sakura Photo Contest 2020: Our Top 10 Photos

Sakura Fashion #StayAtHome #SavvySakura2020

And the grand prize goes to...

What a crazy sakura season! It was so unfortunate the coronavirus required us to stay indoors isolated away from the cherry blossoms during the peak of their bloom this year. However, we were still amazed with all the impressive photo submissions for our Savvy Sakura contest, with our #SavvySakura2020 hashtag alongside the #StayAtHome update we added.

This year, the contest theme was “Sakura Fashion” and we were so excited to see all of the talented shots featuring the fashion theme in one way or another. From pictures of your sakura style with the blossoms as your backdrop, to shots of sakura inspired nail art and home hanami dress-ups! Thank you for the many beautiful pictures that really lifted our sakura spirits whilst being away from the cherry blossoms themselves.

With over 100 submissions on Instagram—you certainly made it extremely difficult to narrow this list down to 10. Every photo submitted for this contest was so hopeful and high spirited and demonstrated the natural beauty of the sakura season perfectly.

So here they are, our grand winners, from No. 10 to No. 1. The lucky No. 1 gets our amazing prize—a family-sized picnic basket filled with various sakura-inspired goodies, plus a few extras.

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And for those who didn’t win this time—stay tuned for more contests coming up very soon! Thank you all! #SavvySakura2020

10. “Positive Heart”

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ポジティブな思考で心を養うほど、人生に素晴らしいものを引き付けることができます。 🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸 . . . . . #tokyocameraclub #good_portraits_world #team_jp_ #todays_blue_collection #pt_life_ #bestjapanpics #lovers_nippon_portrait #daily_photo_jpn #photo_jpn #lbj_members #jp_mood #jp_portrait部 #portraitphotography #Xelfies #japanesemuslim #japanspring #savvysakura2020 #絵のような写真が好き #儚くて何処か愛おしい様な #その瞬間に物語を #幸せな瞬間をもっと世界に #毎日が笑顔で溢れてる #なんでもないただの道が好き #ファインダー越しの私の世界 #写真撮ってる人と繋がりたい #デジタルでフィルムを再現したい #オールドレンズに恋をした #ポートレート #私の写真もっと広まれ

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The story: Such an inspiring caption which reads when translated “the more positive thinking you develop, the more wonderful your life can become”
Why we chose it: Alongside the beautiful smile and spring look featuring a flowy skirt, the caption is exactly the sort of thinking we need during these hard times.
Photo: By Instagram user @pajarft. Taken in Saitama Prefecture.

9. “Cotton Candy Wonderland”

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{Tokyo} Always leave room for the unimaginable 💭 and someday you may find yourself floating in a fluffy cotton candy wonderland ✨ .. 📍Kinuta Park 砧公園, Setagaya 🌳 Many parks in Tokyo have been temporarily closed due to Covid 19. Please monitor the latest information and govt advice. .. #TheWanderingCam_Flowers #TheWanderingCam_Tokyo #TheWanderingCam_Japan – – – – – #cherryblossoms #東京桜 #桜 @visitjapanau #loves_nippon #journeythroughjapan #bestphoto_japan @thetravelwomen #bestjapanpics #カメラ女子 #wheretofindme @tokyoweekender #whim_life @hypebeastjp #花撮り隊 #myjapan #photo_shorttrip #日本の美 #unknownjapan #seetheworldwithme #日本の絶景 #日本の風景 #tokyotokyo #東京観光 #東京旅行 #mytokyois #japan_vacations #砧公園 @savvytokyo #wondersofnippon #hellofrom @visitjapanau @visitjapanjp @visitjapan_uk @japanairlines_jal @japan.vacations #genic_japan @genic_japan

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The story: Always leave room for the unimaginable.
Why we chose it: For its perfect composition, the lovely setting, the fun story and the pink sakura style!  
Photo: By Instagram user @thewanderingcam. Taken in Kinuta Park, Setagaya.

8. “Sakura Reflection”

The story: Rose is the new black.
Why we chose it: The beautiful spring look and the snazzy rose glasses!
Photo: By Instagram user @13dmk. 

7. “Ballerina”

The story: A ballerina with a sakura skirt.
Why we chose it: The creativity of this photo is so fun! We love the interpretation of the sakura fashion idea, wonderful!
Photo: By Instagram user @ericahurlburtphotography.

6. “Snow In The Spring”

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10 years in Japan and it's the first time I experienced Snow in the Spring with the Cherry Blossom. Due to Covid-19, we all are either on a lockdown, quarantined or shelter-in-place. This year, 2020 truly is a year that will be forever in the books. Stay strong, just like a cherry blossom "life is almost overwhelming beautiful but that is tragically short" This too shall pass… . . . #createnomatterwhat #adorama #team_jp #icu_japan #ptk_japan #Tokyocameraclub @tokyocameraclub #jp_gallery #fujifilm_xseries #pics_jp #ig_cameras_united #ig_japan #picture_to_keep #attiliophotoclub #photo_jpn #art_of_japan #nipponpic #xpphxgrid @go.tokyo @fujifilmjp_x @ig_world_colors @_photo_japan_ @visitjapanjp #bestjapanpics #super_japan_channel #photomap_net #bestphoto_japan #love_bestjapan #japanoninsta #pho_travelers #japanfeatured @japanfeatured

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The story: First time experiencing snow in the spring.
Why we chose it: We were all probably a little confused with this years strange start to spring. Starting off warmer than usual years, the sakura bloomed much earlier but a week later it was snowing again! This photo captures that unique beauty of mother nature’s doing, and we love it!
Photo: By Instagram user @bitoypalaboy. Taken in Zama City.

5. “Nine Months Old”

The story: Nine months old on this day, celebrating at home sakura style.
Why we chose it: It simply has it all: a gorgeous model, cherry blossom decorations, and a beautiful sakura look…we felt the love!
Photo: By Instagram user @hanachanzwa.

4. “Sakura Destination”

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Do you like collecting stuff? What do you collect? . . I mostly collect art materials, shoes, and clothes 😂 . When I was a kid, I mostly worn hand-me-downs, so when I earned my own money, I bought few clothes and shoes. I became interested in fashion, so I started to buy more 😂 . Now, I’m toning it down and just mix-and-match my old wardrobe. . HOWEVER, this dress wasn’t 😂 But, I bought it with my @rakuten_official points so it’s okay😂 . This was shot in Shingashi River this year, before the State of Emergency was declared in Japan 🇯🇵 So, this is my only ‘sakura destination’ for this year 😔 STAY HOME, STAY SAFE 👌 . . . . #girlpowertravel #stayathome #GaijinPotSakura2020 #SavvySakura2020 #gaijinpottravel #visitjapan #fashionblogger #instagood #girlstravellingsolo

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The story: Just before the State Of Emergency was declared.
Why we chose it: We love the composition, the sweet posing and the perfectly matching pink sakura dress! 
Photo: By Instagram user @lykishkeane. Taken in Shingashi River.

3. “Spring Lover”

The story: Finding crowd free sakura viewing spots.
Why we chose it: So bright, we can feel the fresh spring breeze right through the photo. A simple and sweet spring look paired with it. 
Photo: By Instagram user @arisa_chow. Taken in Kyoto.

2. “Sakura Stretch”

The story: Feeling the power of sakura.
Why we chose it: We loved the aesthetic pose and feel good look the photo gives off. It really represents the natural atmosphere of spring and beauty of the sakura, looks so relaxing!
Photo: By Instagram user @nelson_okaneku. Taken in Shinjuku Gyoen.

And our grand winner is …“Home Hanami”

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Home Hanami 🌸 April 30, 2020 Tokyo, Japan By Gwendolyn Meshberg ♡ The sakura have gone and not much hanami-ing could be done this year with the parks being closed off and social distancing, but that doesn't stop you from having a nice hanami at home all day aby day with tea, sweets, and some cheap 100-yen decorations!!🌸🍵😌✨ ♡ Here I'm wearing a floral dress and sakura earrings, the perfect tea time attire! Unless you're a messy person like me who spills their tea a lot, luckily this floral tea doesn't stain haha!😆 ♡ #stayathome #savvysakura2020 #outfit #hanami #cherryblossoms #japan #tokyo #coordinate #fashion #accessory #springdress #sakura #homecafe #savvytokyo #fashionstyle #ステイホーム #お家時間 #花見 #ワンピース #ファッション #コーデ #コーディネート #春ワンピース #東京 #日本 #お家カフェ

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The story: Enjoying a nice hanami at home with tea, sweets and sakura decorations!
Why we chose it: This photo nailed our theme this year through the combination of the at home hanami along with the hanami outfit. A sakura dress with sakura earrings —so on point! Gorgeous! 
Photo: By Instagram user @goondepompadour. Congratulations!

You can view all photos submitted for this contest on Instagram here.

What is your favorite photo of the 10? Share your thoughts in the comments!