花見::Hanami

>> Sunday, 12 April 2009

Hurray! Its spring in Japan - my favorite season and I think, the best time of the year.Why? because, primarily the weather is perfect – warm, but not nearly as hot as summer, and everybody is in the mood to party and try many new things.

This is my favorite season because I just love to watch the fully bloom cherry blossom trees - all flowers and no leaves at all! This phenomenon is called "Hanami Season" when Japanese watch and party under the cherry blossom trees.The name says it all - hana means "flower" and mi is "to look". But you must be aware of the timing when to and where to watch them.

One good source is the internet - some japanese web sites features the schedule of the blooming of cherry blossoms and also TV shows include these information on thier weather forecast.

Spring is also the beginning of another school year and a new fiscal year for businesses, so hanami is like a party to celebrate a new beginning of the year.

Take note that this blog's banner picture is taken during our family's hanami in 2007 at Shinjuku Gyoen Park.

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