Sakura Showdown Contest 2016, 1ST PLACE

Lovers Grove - Michael Lohr

Lovers’ Grove

Photo by Michael Lohr

Now, the photo you’ve all been waiting for.  The first prize winning photo of the 2016  Sakura Showdown contest.  Congratulations to Michael Lohr a JET from Sarafutsu, Hokkaido. Michael’s photo was taken on his travels, at Ohori Park (大濠公園) in Fukuoka, Kyushu.

Michael noticed the couple standing beside a tree among the surrounded by cherry blossoms in Ohori Park, and was able to beautifully capture the two meeting, as if they were forbidden lovers, hiding away in an enchanted forest.  He entitled the photo “Lovers’ Grove” to further highlight this imagery.

3 April/ 2016

Ohori Park, Fukuoka, Kyushu