Cherry Blossoms in Somei Cemetery

Cherry blossoms in Tokyo became full in bloom last Wednesday.  At this time of the year, it often rains and unfortunately many of the flowers this years are already gone.  But you can still enjoy viewing them, so let me show you the cherry blossoms in Somei Cemetery.  With some reason, cemeteries often have beautiful cherry blossoms.  Somei Cemetery is one of those viewing spots of cemeteries.

This cemetery was built by Tokyo Government in 1874 but originally it was a grave yard of Shogun Family Tokugawa.  The name Somei is the name of the village in this area and is said to be the birthplace of the popular cherry blossoms somei-yoshino.

In this cemetery, there are tombs of various religions from Buddhism to Shintoism and Christians.  One of the most famous tombs in this cemetery is that of Takamura Family.


This is a tomb of Koun, Kotaro and Chieko Takamura.  Koun and Kotaro are father and son who were both famous sculptors.  Koun Takamura’s masterpiece stands in Ueno Park.


The Statue of Takamori Saigo at Ueno Park

Here are several other notable tombs in this cemetery.

Most of them are not famous in overseas but I put the photos here for the record.  You man notice there are many kinds of shapes.  Tombs among cherry blossoms have sombre atmosphere.

For more information on Somei Cemetery

Address: 5-1 Komagome 5-chome, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

Access: 10 minutes from Sugamo (JR and Mita Line)
12 minutes from Komagome (JR and Namboku Line)




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