When you hear Japan you start picturing blazing-fast bullet trains, pedestrians crawling at Shibuya crossing, out-of-the-world innovations, and drifting fast cars because you are influenced by the Fast and Furious - Tokyo Drift movie. But, there’s one more thing that Japan is famous for and that is Japan’s Cherry Blossom Festival.
This festival of flowers is celebrated in many other diverse regions such as Washington, Vancouver, Paris, Stockholm, and the Jerte Valley of Spain. But, Japan is considered to be the best place to see the blooming cherry blossoms and this year’s festival is just around the corner. Read on to know everything there is to know about this festival in Japan.
The Blossom Festival is known as Hanami which, when translated to English, means ‘viewing flowers’ or the act of seeing flowers. It is a tradition that started more than a thousand years ago. The nobles used to go out in the parks with their friends, families, and colleagues to enjoy watching the blooming flowers and have a joyous time with their loved ones. This time of the year is considered to be the best time to go for picnics. The budding poets in Japan used to channelize the inspiration into their poems.
You can find the most famous of the cherry blossom trees known as Sakura spread all over the country.
The land of Japan is dotted with many temples and castles. Each of these temples and castles has dedicated gardens and lawns. These gardens are the best place for congregating for Hanami.
However, the city of Kyoto is prominent for the tree lines of cherry blossoms alongside the river. The Ueno Park of the capital city Tokyo is the hub for Hanami.
The groups appoint someone among them to reserve the best spots under the cherry trees until the rest of the group arrives. They bring chairs, stools, and boxes to sit, and lots of home-cooked food. The adults celebrate with chilled beers with loud sounds of “Kampai!” - cheers and children enjoy the fruit juice. The small parties turn into a big ones by the evening and music volume increases. Merrymakers sing along and dance with each other. The people of Japan don’t shy away in welcoming the visitors like old friends to these parties.
Yes, anyone can join the blossom festival in Japan, the Japanese people are considered to be the most humble people and they will welcome you to celebrate with them like you are an old friend.
If you wish to be a part of this festival then bookmark this blog. You will be needing a picnic blanket and make sure that it is waterproof. Then, go to the local market and buy some bento box including inari sushi, strawberries, red bean mochi, Ankake meatballs, and some hanami edition snacks like pink KitKat, Sahi Beer, and Sakura Pepsi. Wait, that’s not it! Don’t forget to bring your camera with you!