Tokyo on Foot: Meguro River Cherry Blossom Walk

Spring. The excitement is already mounting all over Japan as national news programs, internet bloggers and Facebook memes begin the countdown to where and when the first blossoms of spring will bloom. It is almost a national sport, with vested interests checking the forecasts regularly so as to plan their Hanami (flower viewing) party on just the right day. It’s hard not to get caught up in the spirit of the thing as the days get warmer and the promise of more time outdoors looms larger.