Japanese Tradition

The Special Spring Event in Japan, Cherry Blossom Festival “Hanami”

Cherry blossom Viewing “Hanami” in Japan

Most Japanese are very anxious for cherry blossom to bloom in the begging of March. Everyone is looking forward to Cherry Blossom viewing, known as “Hanami”.

Me and my daughter enjoying Cherry blossom viewing

 

 

Hanami is a long-standing Japanese tradition of welcoming spring. Also known as the “cherry blossom festival,” this annual celebration is about appreciating the temporal beauty of nature. People gather under blooming cherry blossoms for food, drink, songs, companionship and the beauty of sakura (cherry blossoms).

 

 

Hanami festival at Wakayama castle

In olden times, people believed that cherry treeware holy and that the rice gods dwelled within them. According to legend, when cherry trees are in bloom, the rice gods descend from the mountains to eat and drink with the people and pray for a prosperous harvest.

Many years ago during the Heian period, the nobility began to get together for cherry-blossom viewing parties. They enjoyed food and wine and poetry writing. In later years during the Edo period, cherry trees were planted all over Japan. Today many of these areas are well-known sites for cherry-blossom viewing.

There are many cherry- blossom viewing spots across Japan. Some of the popular viewing spots are held events and festivals.

 

The list of most famous cherry blossom spots in Japan

TOKYO
Shinjuku Gyoen

KYOTO
Kiyomizu Temple

HOURS 6:00am-6:00pm, Spring/Nighttime Special Admission 6:30pm-9:30pm
COST Adults 300 yen | Elementary/Middle School Students 200 yen Adults 400 yen | Elementary/Middle School Students 200 yen
ADDRESS 1-294 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi
ACCESS 10 min. walk from Gojozaka bus stop. 15 min. ride on City Bus #206 bound for Higashiyama-dori/Kitaoji Bus Terminal from JR Kyoto Station.
TEL 075-551-1234
WEBSITE http://www.kiyomizudera.or.jp/

OSAKA
Osaka Castle

HOURS  9.00 – 17.00 (Last entry at 16.30)
 Closed: December 28th to the January 1st
COST  Adults: 600 yen
 Children (under 15): free
ADDRESS 1-294 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi
ACCESS The closest station is Tanimachi 4-chrome Station along the Tanimachi Subway Line and Chuo Subway Line. The closest JR station to Osaka Castle is Osakajokoen Station on the JR Loop Line, a 10 minute, 160 yen ride from JR Osaka
TEL 075-551-1234
WEBSITE http://www.kiyomizudera.or.jp/

NARA
Nara Park

 

Cherry Blossom Forecast 2018 by Region

Resource: planetyze.com

 

Hanami Bento
Traditional Flower-Viewing lunch box. Easily handled cooked foods are arranged in the artistic faction.  You can easily find and buy Hanami Lunch Box at basement of the Department store(Depachika)  or Supermarkets.

 

Hanami-dango
Traditionally tricolor dumplings on sticks: the pink represent cherry blossoms, the green is the color of field grasses and in the between stand people in shades of white or cream.

Hana yori dango
Direct translation: dumplings rather than flowers
This is a popular saying in often used among Japanese people, meaning people enjoy eating food rather than viewing flowers….. Commonly use this as a joke 🙂

Yozakura
Most of popular Hanami spots are opened at night trees are all lighted up. Hanami at night is called yozakura, when the trees are illuminated. Even at night, viewing spots are crowded with people enjoying the blossoms in a beautiful, romantic atmosphere. Especially, young couples go at night to enjoy the special mood created by cherry blossoms. 

 

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Some of us enjoy Cherry blossom viewing at home by Bonsai Sakura Tree.  You can also check it out at Amazon Japan. 

 

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