Spring has come and the cherry blossom season is finally here!
Viewing cherry blossoms is called ‘hanami’ in Japanese. Here is everything you need to know if you are planning to go out and enjoy the blooming cherry trees!
Cherry trees are delicate
Touching (and holding) a branch to take a picture, shaking a branch to cause a flower petal storm, or breaking a twig off can actually make the whole cherry tree sick. So do as the Japanese “hanami” is translated into English: “view” cherry blossoms.
Have a picnic!
If you want to enjoy Japanese hanami to its fullest, you have to go out and have a hanami picnic!
You don’t need a lot. Get a picnic sheet or a blanket, buy some food and drinks ー that’s all! Cherry blossom viewing venues can be very crowded, so only take the space you really need.
Sometimes when walking around the picnic area at a park, you might get treated to a drink by other picnic guests. But be careful to stay within your limits, especially Japanese sake is surprisingly strong.
After the picnic, please separate your garbage and throw it in the trash can at the venue, or take it home if there are no trash cans available.
Bring something warm to wear
During the hanami, cherry blossom viewing, season, it can suddenly get chilly in the evening. At night, cherry trees get illuminated by streetlights or even professionally lit up using LEDs. This is called ‘yozakura’. Be sure not to miss this wonderful sight. So better take a warm jacket or outerwear with you!
Find some recommended hanami spots in Tokyo in our previous article!