Photos of Hanami From Japan
Writer, photographer, and friend of BBG Keight Beaven sent us some great hanami photos from Japan. In her note she said:
"This year while teaching English in Nagoya-shi, Aichi I was lucky enough to experience the beauty of Japanese flowering cherry trees first hand. Lasting for just two weeks, hanami is one of the most anticipated activities in Japan. As the weather began to warm into spring this year, the brown barren branches of cherry trees exploded with pink and white blossoms that lured people out of their offices and homes and into the parks to admire the delicate and transitory beauty of the trees in bloom. It's a rare site to see so many Japanese people socializing with each other in public. Groups of friends and families congregated on large city-provided blue tarps that blanketed the ground under the blooming trees and a host of colorful food stalls and carnival games lined the blossom areas to compliment the experience. With many sips of beer and sake woven between upbeat chatter and laughter between friends and strangers, it was a true Japanese picnic. One very important word of advice for those thinking of visiting next year: don't go home when the sun sets. Some of the best cherry blossom viewing is done at night when the city illuminates the trees from below or within the petal-filled branches."