Springtime has officially begun in Japan, marked by the arrival of the stunning sakura blossom. Each year from late March to early May, the entire country transforms into a colorful splendor, covered in beautiful pink flowers. From Osaka to Kyoto, a Japanese photographer named Koji captures the beauty of the country’s cherry blossom season in full bloom.
Koji’s stunning photographs show streets paved with pink petals, forests blanketed with “sakura snow,” and lines of lush cherry blossom trees. Koji also captures Kyoto pastel-pink colored trains rolling through blossom-covered railways. In Osaka, the talented photographer gets a shot of a yellow Japanese white-eye bird perched among pink foliage.
The annual pink phenomenon does not stay around for long though. Once the cherry blossom trees start to flower, their delicate blooms last only for a week or two before the petals fall to the ground. Koji’s photographs perfectly capture the beauty of these ephemeral moments.
Koji also posts photos from the other three seasons, revealing the country’s beauty all year round. See more from his portfolio on Instagram.