Today, we want to discuss cherry blossom viewing(Hanami).
“Hanami” is a Japanese tradition of welcoming spring.
Hanami means viewing flowers. Enjoying cherry blossoms is a traditional culture in Japan.
In mid-March, Japanese TV and newspapers will discuss this year’s flowering forecast. Enjoying cherry blossom viewing with family and friends under the trees in full bloom is an essential spring event for Japanese people.
In the past, Japanese plum blossoms were favored in Japan, which respects plums that can withstand the cold season and bloom. Now, Hanami has turned from plum blossoms to cherry blossoms.
In the Edo period, General Tokugawa Yoshimune recommended planting cherry blossoms, and there were famous cherry blossom spots throughout Japan.
The town of Edo is also called the Edo of flowers, and the appearance of enjoying the cherry blossoms is also depicted in Rakugo.
Rakugo is traditional Japanese comic storytelling.
In Japan, you can enjoy cherry blossom viewing for a long period from late March to early May.
This is because Japan is wide from north to south.
The cherry blossoms fall in only two weeks, so the fleeting time of the cherry blossoms attracts the people’s hearts.
Cherry blossom viewing is one of the wonderful forms of entertainment that people can use to communicate with each other.
The type of major Sakura in Japan
Japan is one of the countries having many types of cherry blossoms in the world.
It is also known that there are many beautiful flowers.
One of the main ones is Somei Yoshino.
It is a cultivar made by crossing Oshimazakura and Edohigan.
At the end of the Edo period, Somei Yoshino was named after it was sold from Somei Village in Edo (now around Sugamo and Komagome in Tokyo).
Cherry blossom viewing（Hanami）food
Cherry blossom rice cake (Sakura mochi)
There are Kansai style and Kanto style.
Sweet bean paste wrapped in rice cake and rolled with cherry leaves.
Cherry blossom viewing dumpling (Hanami Dango)
Hanami Dango is red, white, and green in color.
It was sold at teahouses during the cherry blossom season from the Edo period.
The proverb “Dumpling rather than flower” was born from here.
Famous spot of cherry blossoms in Japan.
There are many famous cherry blossoms in various places because Japan is wide from north to south.
Please go if you are interested.