Spring is the most awaited season in Japan, especially for tourists. Whenever the season is around the corner, most local people prepare for the upcoming Hanami festival. This is a traditional custom of enjoying the transient beauty of the flowers, also known as “hana” in Japanese. These flowers are referred to as “sakura” (cherry blossoms) and “ume” or plum trees.
The practice of Hanami is many centuries old. People continue doing this tradition by grouping together in great numbers where the flowers are in abundance. Parties can go until late at night. To join in on this festival, there are some etiquette tips which you’ll need to know.
You can’t just have a picnic anywhere you like. There are authorized places for the Hanami Festival. There are also popular Hanami spots to choose from: Ueno Park, Sumida Park, Shinjuku Gyoen and Chidorigafuchi. These places are located in Tokyo. There are actually more places to go. To get the perfect spot, all you need to do is to get there early.
Also, take your place moderately, saving a space just suitable enough for the number of people you have. I know everyone wants to have the best place but do not spread out your sheet unnecessarily. Remember, there are also other people who’d want to enjoy the festival, same as you.
Sakura flowers are, undeniably, very pretty, but it is not allowed to take off any branch from the trees for you to take home. It is for everyone to enjoy.
The weather can be the best time to drink beer in Japan. The presence of family, friends and co-workers can also add more to the fun. However, drinking too much can cause trouble and abruptly end the fun. The event is supposed to be a fun and memorable one so remember to hold your beer so you can enjoy the pretty sakura!
・98 Things to Do in Shinjuku, the Party District of Tokyo, in 2018!
・50 Things to Do in Ueno, Tokyo’s Fusion District of the Old and the New, in 2018
・Happy Hanami! Or how to get the most out of Sakura Viewing