Savvy Tokyo Sakura Photo Contest 2019: Our Top 10 Photos

So much love. So much warmth. So much happiness.

Every year we are simply amazed at the immense talent and creativity that we see in all photos submitted for our annual #SavvySakura photo contest. This year, however, the contest theme was “Sakura with the family” and we couldn’t help but be deeply touched by the love that sparkled through every post we received. From photos of precious babies having their very first hanami to maternity photography under the pink canopy to a casual picnic in the park with your partners to family reunions under the cherry blossom trees and, of course, adorable pets lost in the pink petals…we couldn’t help but smile as we were looking through the photos.

This year, once again we received over 300 submissions via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and e-mail. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who contributed — you certainly made it extremely difficult to narrow this list down to 10. Every photo submitted for this contest had a creative story behind it that reminded us once again that more than just the natural beauty of the sakura season, it’s spending it with your nearest and dearest that makes it so special!

So here they are, our grand winners, from No. 10 to No. 1. The lucky No. 1 gets our amazing prize — a family-sized picnic basket filled with various sakura-inspired goodies, plus a few extras.

And for those who didn’t win this time — stay tuned for more contests coming up very soon!! Thank you all! #SavvySakura2019

10. “Half-way there”


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Half-way there! Photo session with the Lawson family for JJ’s 6th months under the Sakuras… Camp Zama, Japan 7 Apr 2019 . .. … …. ….. …… ……. …… ….. …. … .. . #life_with_xseries #fujifilmjp_xseries #portraitphotography #50140mm #fujifilmxt3 #savvysakura2019 #savvytokyo @savvytokyo

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The story: This adorable young family celebrates their child’s half-birthday under the fully blooming cherry trees.
Why we chose it: For its perfect composition, for the lovely setting, the story behind and this purely irresistible smile!  
Photo: By Instagram user @bitoypalaboy. Taken in Zama, Kanagawa on 7 Apr 2019.

9. “Joy”

The story: This beautiful couple is taking maternity photos right before their little ones arrive — and right when the sakura was in full bloom! 
Why we chose it? The caption read, “The Joy we have to be able to



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