Worldwide, Japan is famous for its unique cherry blossom festivals. Hanami, as it is said in Japanese, is an important custom celebrated for centuries. It occupies a special place in Japanese culture and takes place throughout Japan during the spring. If you are planning a trip right at this time, here’s what you need to know about the Hanami tradition.
Hanami is an ancient tradition of enjoying the blooming of cherry flowers and sometimes plum flowers in parks and the most popular type of Japanese cherry, Sakura, can be found all over Japan. Hanami literally means “watching the flowers”, but generally points to looking at the cherry blossom.
People are celebrating cherry blossom in Japan by gathering in parks and other places around cities, transforming the tradition of cherry blossom into a picnic under trees. They bring homemade meals, prepare food on the grill or buy it to mark the occasion. The blooming often does not last more than two weeks, and in most major cities such as Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, the season of cherry blossom usually takes place in early April, making it really an ideal time to visit Japan.
Beautiful, fragrant flowers are the main attraction of the cherry blossom festival, but we must not forget all other different traditional Japanese performances that take place during the festival. You may want to consider taking part in a tea ceremony held under cherry trees; this can truly be an unforgettable experience.
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