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I thought I would share a little Japanese culture with you all by posting on the front page a memory that is dear to my heart – Hanami season, or “the Japanese tradition of viewing flowers,” more accurately, the “sakura” or cherry blossom. Spring is always a wonderful time to clean out the garage and spruce up the yard, but in Japan, cherry blossom season amazes even the stuffiest city dweller. Cherry blossoms come in so many shades of white, pink, and purple. In full bloom, and with such variety of color, it truly is an amazing sight!
And what do people during this time?
Decorative lanterns are often displayed in parks and near castles. Festivals big and small are found throughout the country to celebrate its beauty. In my experience, the young people like to party and will consume large amounts of plum wine and beer, while the older folk will picnic under the trees with their younger children during the day and night. This also brings out the dating crowd, and young men and women will wear their summer “yukatas” or casual kimonos to summer firework displays and festivals. Of course, you can’t be cool without your smartphone, so an inside pocket is a must!
I wish I could find my own personal pics of this time of year, but it’s been since 2004 or so. This is a time to reflect and enjoy nature’s beauty, and nothing better defines that then Hanami.