The spring is the season for a cherry tree to bloom. To enjoy a unique beautiful sight (to
appreciate a large number of huge cherry-trees) has become an indispensable
traditional event in Japan.
It seems that Hanami is defined by three elements of "flower-sea",
"food and sake", "groups of people". It started from the noble class of the Azuchi-momoyama
era (1568 through 1600) with a gorgeous party, but it was spread among the common people
later in Edo(1603～１８６７) era.
think Hanami is a unique Japanese event in the world. In my opinion, it is the unification of the nature
and the spirit.
1, nature: The
Japanese cherry tree is a different kind in size and also in numbers compared
with the other countries’, The blooming
from a small pink flower of one by one, connected to a huge tree and to the large
numbers trees makes a special view. A
wide range of cherry-trees may impress you. It is not easy to express verbally the
beautiful view. Especially the town is dyed with the shallow pink, and you can
appreciate the scenery only in Japan.
2, spirit: Not the one, but the whole bloom is supported
in Japan. Hanami becomes the indispensable event as a newcomers’ welcome party in
a company or a university circle now. Through the food and Japanese Sake, people make communication with
each other. Like the famous song ---“What
kind of tree is this？” The tree is to gather people
around. The best beautiful blooming is not a single flower-blooming but the
whole. It is deeply described in the
Japanese culture of the group-spirit.
My favorite Hanami-spot was
around Chidoriga-fuchi in Chiyoda-ku Tokyo
visited several years ago. You can walk and feel the surroundings totally in
the sea of cherry-blossoms. What an amazing flower paridise! Or to experience Edo culture can enjoy the
route of both sides blooming of Sumida River by a cruise from Asakusa. Please confirm the internet for the details.
From my experience,
the taste of Sake is so nice due to combining
the good smell of cherry-blossoms and the happy-atmosphere. You will be excited with rich impression and romantic
feeling. You will keep the good memory for all your life, so you d better join
Hanami once at least, I promise that you will never regret.