It is impossible to imagine Spring in Japan without a sea of cherry trees overflowing with picture-perfect pink blooms springing to mind. Experiencing the Sakura season has always been on my bucket list. I decided that it would be the perfect opportunity to propose to L under the Sakura trees. A Sakura proposal. The only issue was that by the time we arrived in Japan, the Sakura full bloom would be over in Kyoto & Tokyo. We had to chase it up north of Japan.
Thanks to social media these days, I managed to source out a few locations for the proposal, all I had to do next was finalize on a spot and slot it into our itinerary. A tripod was essential as we were traveling together alone and we wanted our memories captured as a couple. As much as I would have loved to capture the moment on my Leica M2, it seemed a bit risky. We have a digital Olympus Pen which we had gotten a year back, with a photo timer app which helps a lot.
Next, Hit record.
I had a rough plan in mind going to Japan, but the location was so much more beautiful than I had anticipated. The pink sakura dancing as the wind blew through. It seemed almost like a fairytale. There was an uphill trail that the locals didn’t explore, so naturally, we were drawn to wander down that path. As we ventured further in, it opened up to an open space at the edge of the hill with no one in sight. Sakura trees surrounding us, I knew immediately that this was the place to propose. There can’t be any place better than this. Thankfully I was right.
How we met:
L & I have been together for 7 years. We were from the same school in polytechnic but different diplomas & classes and different circles of friends. I had seen her around school a few times throughout the year but had no way of getting to know until I plucked up the courage one day and approached her.
“You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.” – Benjamin Mee, We Bought a Zoo
Getting down on one knee and asking her to marry me was just as nerve-wracking as the first time I approached her but something great did come out of it!
She said yes.