Under cherry blossoms

cherry blossoms

In the season of cherry blossoms, people in Japan do “hanami”. Its literal meaning is “watching flowers”, but most of the time it also includes “drinking and eating under the cherry blossoms”. So in the season, places under cherry blossoms are clouded with many drunk people. Some group does “basho-tori”, it means keeping a place. People send a person to a famous “hanami” place and let him/her hold the very best place for their “hanami” and stay there till other members come. Sometimes he/she stay there whole night for the next day’s “hanami”! Crazy, eh?

In some other countries it is prohibited to drink at public areas. It means you cannot do “hanami” in such a country! Maybe it is a very disappointing thing for most of Japanese people.

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