Towards the end of March, just as the Sakura were beginning to blossom, I made an evening trip to Asakusa to see what I might find. As I was walking along the river, I could see some trees across the way that had blossomed quite fully already. These weren’t the typical Somei Yoshino kind you see in Japan though, but rather the Kawazu variety which bloom earlier, last much longer, and have a deep pink hue to them. Although I still prefer the Somei Yoshino, the Kawazu are very pleasant so I headed over to check them out. When I got there, a friendly fellow photographer approached me and asked me if I wanted to try his macro lens. If you don’t know what that is, a macro lens basically lets you get up really close to your subject and still be able to focus, so you can capture small objects in great detail. Now, I haven’t used a macro lens in quite some time. They’re fun and perfect for flowers, bugs, and things of that nature, but they’re kind of one trick ponies – if you’re not wanting to get up close to your subject, other lenses will usually be the better option. That said, they do a fantastic job at that one trick, so I was really glad to get the opportunity to use this one during the season. They really are perfect lenses for the Sakura, although if it’s windy it can be quite a challenge. Thankfully the wind wasn’t too bad at this moment, so I was able to grab some shots I liked. Very thankful to the random stranger for letting me try his lens out!