Last Sunday I met up with the Kimono de Jack NL members for a Sakura festival in the 'Amsterdamse Bos' near Amstelveen, close to Amsterdam.
It was cold and grey while I was on the road , but closer to Amstelveen the sky cleared up
and the sun was shining. The gods must have been smiling on us :) .
I arrived fashionably late , about one hour, convinced that everyone else was already there.
They weren't :)
Together with Anne , Amy , Jeffrey and Caroline we made our way to the garden.
Mei-ing coming to meet us. She had already arrived with her family.
Because the main event wasn't going to happen before half past one , we settled ourselves on the sitting stones in the sun.
From left to right : Mei-Li (Aha! Great ! Another photographer ), her mother , Mei-ing, Carolien and Anne.
My first musubi shot of the day :)
I went to look for any flowering trees. There were just two and this was the nicest one.
More people arriving ( even more fashionably late than me : not everyone had switched over to summertime yet , haha ) .
From right to left : Stephanie, Charissa, two new members : Patricia and Coco
With their faces in the shade you get no harsh shadows which is nice , but with the sun behind them , the brilliant colours of the kimonos are a bit muted.
Several hours and lots of industrial strength coffee later... Voila : le "soft-focus" !
I love those little butterflies !
Group shot. By this time Amy had gone completely MIA.
( click on the pictures to see a larger version , especially the wide ones are so much better )
I invited this young Japanese woman to pose with our group. Lucky ! She agreed.
The showing off of the sleeves ( aka : "het schouwen van de mouwen" (Nl.) ) .
Mei-Li goes first :)
Right after that , more and more photographers and people with film cameras started showing up.
Looks a bit like a war-zone.
And of course more and more people wanting to pose with the KDJ.
Great colour arrangement.
Hanami means lots of different things to different people : for some it's a great opportunity to get together , eat and drink and listen to the traditional drums being pounded.
For the KDJ it's an occasion to get together and wear their beloved kimonos.
For Mei-Li and me , a chance to take great pictures.
But for the youngest among us, it's an occasion to run around in the grass with a branch of pretty flowers and show them to our mom.
Some of these pictures are available in Highresolution Spring 2012 Hanami Amstelveen