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Enchanting Hanami (cherry blossom viewing)

What’s “Hanami”?

“Hana” means flower and “mi” means viewing, so “Hanami” literally means “flower viewing”.

It is a traditional Japanese custom where people gather together to appreciate and admire the beauty of cherry blossoms in the springtime.

So “Hanami” is at a cherry blossom viewing party where people get together under cherry blossom trees and enjoy eating and drinking.

In Japan, cherry blossoms are in season or in full bloom from around late March to late April.

Cherry blossoms are a symbol of spring for Japanese people.

Japanese people love cherry blossoms because they are transient and only bloom for a short period of time.

Viewing cherry blossoms reminds me that life is short but beautiful.

Japanese people find beauty in something fleeting, like cherry blossoms and fireworks.

The tradition of hanami is said to have originated in the Heian period, about 1000 years ago.

The cherry blossom viewing custom found its way across the country in the Edo period.

Someiyoshino is one of the most famous cherry blossom trees in Japan.

Now, please enjoy seeing various scenes captivated by Hanami,

The cherry blossom season is already starting to end from Kyushu to Tokyo, but from now until the end of April is the best time to see them in the Tohoku region, and in early May in Hokkaido.

Please enjoy cherry blossom viewing without missing out.


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古林 茂樹(Shigeki Furubayashi )