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The Mejiro and the Sakura

Posted in Nature, Places by tokyobling on April 2, 2015

While taking a walk in Ueno park the other day I spotted a small flock of Mejiro (Zosterops japonicas) scouring a flowering sakura tree. This the kind of photo opportunity I dream of every spring so to get the chance to see it in person was a great happy coincidence for me. The little bird is my second most favorite bird in Japan, and obviosly the pink sakura is my favorite flowering tree. The name of this bird, Mejiro, literally translates as White Eye, due to the white circle around the eye of the bird. It has also given its name for one of the train stations on the Yamanote circle line, Mejiro Station (目白駅). Right now is pretty much the peak of the sakura season here in Tokyo, but if you fear you might miss it I hear that is only just starting in nearby Odawara City.

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  1. Mikku said, on April 2, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    What’s your favourite bird?

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  2. Junko said, on April 2, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    That’s a cute little bird. I love that olive green color. These cherry blossoms look different from any other. A few cherry trees scattered in this town are in full bloom too. (Not as grand as the ones in Japan of course.)

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  3. sweffling said, on April 2, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    What a pretty combination:) I so hope to see the blossom one day but until then thank you very much for these pictures.

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  4. lili said, on April 2, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    So beautiful!
    Every year I wait for these lovely pictures 🙂

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  5. trietnguyen1982 said, on April 2, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    It’s beautiful 🙂

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  6. Slouching Somewhere said, on April 3, 2015 at 4:30 am

    Lovely, lovely photos!

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  7. yoooya said, on April 3, 2015 at 8:16 am

    Really nice pictures! ^^

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  8. alanheathprivatearts said, on April 5, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Wonderful pictures!

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  9. meliamex said, on April 6, 2015 at 8:52 am

    OMG.. this is sooo pretty!!!

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  10. tokyomonogatari said, on April 19, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    What a wonderful sight! They look so beautiful amongst the sakura! I have seen a few similar images on Instagram from Japan – obviously the birds are eating something, do you know what they are going for? Leaf buds maybe?

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    • tokyobling said, on May 19, 2015 at 2:49 am

      The birds I saw was actually ripping the flowers apart, as if they were looking for something. Not sure what they were doing! Thank you for the kind comment! (^-^)

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  11. rudyhou said, on May 21, 2015 at 8:35 am

    great pics. the bird looks very small indeed, considering how it is compared to the size of sakura blossoms.

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    • tokyobling said, on May 22, 2015 at 3:35 am

      Thank you for the kind comment! Yes, these are tiny song birds! (^-^)

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