March 18, 2009
Cherry Blossoms Bloom
The cherry blossoms have started blooming...tis the season for hanami!
Hanami is a must in the spring for Japanese people. It translates to 'watching flowers,' but mostly it's just enjoying eating and drinking with friends under/around the cherry trees.
It's such a big deal here because the cherry blossoms are in full bloom for about only a week, and everyone has to alter their schedules for hanami during that time. People keep on checking the weather forecasts and pray the blossoms are still intact. We even have forecast for the cherry blossoms so people will know when to start heading out to the park.
Anyways, it's still a little early in the season here. But this cherry tree in front of Kodera Ningyo, a shop that makes traditional japanese dolls, is getting a head start.