Sunday, April 8, 2012

Hanami Weekend

The beginning of spring is always a refreshing wake up call after months indoors, safe from the cold and dark. As the cherry blossoms here in Japan come to life, it's like the entire country wakes up and comes outside. For about a week the cherry blossoms are in bloom and hanami, (lit. translated, flower viewing) is well underway. Everyone grabs a blanket and packs a picnic, heading to wherever the little pink/white blossoms are on display. 

[Goko, Chiba]

Saturday I stuck close to home, going for a walk down a street lined with the famous trees.
We walked and walked until deciding to pop in to a conbini to create lunch and sit in a little park we had passed on our way. It was a lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Sakura Matsuri.
Cherry Blossom Festival.

Sakura Biru.

[Yoyogi Park, Tokyo] 

Sunday we came a little more prepared. Stopping to grab sandwiches and smoothies. Then braving our way through the crowd at Yoyogi Koen, one of the most popular parks in Tokyo. Finding a spot to sit, snack and stare.

This Is How You Hanami.
Keigo & Debs.
Exiting Took Teamwork.

To Say It Was Crowded Would Have Been An Understatement...

The trees are undoubtedly gorgeous, and it's so fun to see the whole country get in to the season. There are hanami themed things at just about every restaurant, including Starbucks and McDonalds.

I have a few plans this week to head out to local places to have a picnic type dinner and soak up as much of this season as possible. The blossoms are scheduled to fall within the week, which apparently is also supposed to be amazing. I hear it looks like snow! And we know how much I love snow! I can't wait to see how it all goes!


[The Latest]

Google Search: Hiroshima.
Tune: Wild Ones By Flo Rida feat. Sia.
Accomplishment: Cleaning out my closet.
Obsessions: Crossword puzzle app, makin my train rides fly by.

1 comment:

  1. Like your Hanami-ing photo, out & about though it still looks it may still be coolish. love ya



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