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Hanami or Flower Viewing | View in Black Large (and see how happy people are)


Hanami (花見, "flower viewing") is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the beauty of flowers, "flower" in this case almost always meaning cherry blossoms (桜 or 櫻 ,sakura), or ume blossoms (梅 ,ume). From mid January to early May, sakura bloom all over Japan.


Sakura originally was used to divine that year's harvest as well as announce the rice-planting season. People believed in kami inside the trees and made offerings. Afterwards, they partook of the offering with sake.


Today, the Japanese people continue the tradition of hanami, gathering in great numbers wherever the flowering trees are found. Thousands of people fill the parks to hold feasts under the flowering trees, and sometimes these parties go on until late at night.





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[Photo Archive] April 2009

Location: Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo, Japan [ Map ] [?]

Camera: Nikon D700 + AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1.4G + Nikon Right-angle Viewfinder

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