Matsushima Bay in the Spring

Sakura and pine

By James Rodrigues    - 1 min read

The beauty of Matsushima Bay is the stuff of legends, and one so vast and sweeping that it is difficult to capture in photos. No matter the season, the coastline offers stunning views, but during a brief period at the end of April, the sakura bloom and add patches of rich warmth to the otherwise cool hillsides and craggy islands. The juxtaposition of the ephemeral sakura and the perennial pine is a gorgeous one, and an image so rich with symbolism it would make even the most daring of classical Japanese poets blush.

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James Rodrigues

James Rodrigues @james.rodrigues

Hey everyone! I'm a current student at Columbia University in New York taking a year off to gain work experience, practice my writing, and do some exploring. I'm currently at the tail end of a three month stint in Japan-- spent mostly in Asakusa, Tokyo. I decided to come to Japan to practice my Japanese language skills and immerse myself in Japanese culture, which I've been a fan of as long as I can remember. My two favorite things about Tokyo are probably the food and the architecture-- you just can't go wrong with either! I love to wander the streets and alleyways looking for new and exciting hidden places... the more you look the more you find.