Sunday, 4 April 2010

Hanami Party

I went to my first Hanami party yesterday. Literally translated, hanami means "flower viewing" and this has become a traditional Japanese custom. Every year, the weather bureau announces the blossom forecast and this year, April 3rd was said to be the best time to see it. From this, hundreds of Hanami parties were organised and thousands of people flocked to parks and rivers around Tokyo to set up their blue tarpaulins, get out the food and drink, and slowly get drunk! I have never seen so many rosy-faced Japanese people in one place! Anyway, it was a fab atmosphere and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. I also managed to meet up with some people I knew and have some beers....

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