<What is Hanami?>
Hanami is basically a cherry blossom viewing during spring.
People will bring alcohol, bring their own bentou (a packed lunch), snacks and eat under the cherry blossom trees.
To eat Sakura Mochi and dango is a traditional food for Hanami.
BTW, “Sakura” is Japanese, meaning “Cherry Blossom”.
Hanami represents the bloom of Sakura and a signal of the ending winter and the starting spring.
<When is the season for Hanami?>
It depends on the year, but usually the best season for Hanami is the end of March to the beginning of April.
You can know when cherry blossom bloomed via internet and news, so check it out during that season.
The cherry blossom only bloom for 1 or 2 weeks, so don’t miss it!
<What should I bring for Hanami?>
There are several things that you should bring for Hanami.
- Leisure sheet
- Garbage bag
- Snacks and Food
- Drinks (non-alcohol beverages and alcohol)
＊Drinking alcohol in Public is legal in Japan
Bringing a leisure sheet is really important because to sit on the ground directory make your clothes dirty!
It is also important to bring a garbage bad to throw away the garbage. Be friendly to the environment!
Tissues can be very useful because in most cases, people will drop their food, spill drink on the leisure sheet.
<Where is the best place to go for Hanami?>
If you live in Tokyo, the best place for Hanami is Meguro River.
Another famous place for Hanami around Tokyo is Rikugien. The cherry blossom lights up at night, so this place will be better going at night.
If you live in Kansai area, Daigoji (Kyoto) is well known for the beautiful place for Hanami.
Another place will be Mount Yoshino which is in Nara prefecture.
There are 4 different kinds of cherry blossom trees and total 30,000 trees there.
Hanami has been popular for a long time as one of traditional Japanese events
Don’t drink too much, but enjoy the beautiful Japanese Sakura!