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Tuesday, March 29, 2005

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

Where is the best cherry-blossom viewing?


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Masako Marttinen
Importer, 26
It's better to go further from Tokyo. In Nerima ward there's one big park, Hikaraigaoka. It's big but doesn't have as many people as parks in the city and the blossoms are beautiful.

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Yukiko Mori
Accountant, 25
Shinjuku Gyoen. You can play sports there. There's a really nice lake and the grass is really soft so you can sleep if you want and, of course, there's loads of sakura trees.

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Glyn Carroll
I.T., 29
Yasukuni Shrine. It's really nice with a lot of trees and stalls. You can rent out a space with the stall holders. It's free, as long as you buy drinks and food from them.

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Troy Fisher-Harper
Teacher, 31
It's around the playground of Ikarashi elementary school in Niigata. There are cherry blossoms all up the surrounding hills -- it's like a stadium, but instead of seats there are sakura trees.

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Noriko Okamoto
Web designer, 29
Kunitachi is the best. I went yesterday. It's by Hitotsubashi University. The avenue is about 2 km, lined with cherry blossoms. There's a park in the university where you can sit. It's on the Chuo line.

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Garry Lawson
Doctor, 33
Yokosuka Naval base. This coming weekend, the base is open to the public. It's an annual festival. There's cheap American food and Japanese food, but no shrines.



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