Hello, this is Junko!
Spring has come! Cherry blossoms are in full bloom now in Tokyo. Cherry blossom is a special flower for Japanese. They’re the symbol of the springtime and we recognize the coming of spring when seeing the flowers.
I and Shintaro went to the Hamacho Park near our place to enjoy “Ohanami”!
Japanese people love cherry blossoms very, very much. You can see the flower bloom anywhere and everywhere when spring comes.
“Ohanami” is the essential spring event in Japan. What do we do? It’s simple! Just enjoy a party under a lot of cherry blossoms.
HANA means flower, MI means to watch. O is a prefix to make words sound more gracious. Simply saying “Hanami” is correct, but it sounds more polite when you add “O”.
Fantastic flower shower
We often enjoy drinking alcohol in Ohanami. I and Shintaro is the couple who loves drinking from our heart and brought some beer and wine 🙂
When we stay under cherry blossoms, flower petals shower down like rain and it’s truly fantastic. Some petals sometimes wander into our cups. The small spots on the ground is all the petals!
Various cherry blossoms
There’re many kinds of cherry blossoms. This is called “Sidarezakura”, which branches are falling down like bead curtains.
Shidare means to fall or lay down, Zakura means cherry blossom. We normally call it “Sakura”, but the sound sometimes changes as “Zakura” when it’s postfixed.
A small temple in the park
This is a small temple built in the park. We hear this temple was built for worshipping Duke Kato Kiyomasa who was known as a wise monarch in Edo period.
He is a man with the legend that he was so strong that he even killed a tiger. According to the tradition, he was a very big and tall man and fought bravely with his spear.