Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Hanami literally means 'flower viewing', it's a Japanese custom of enjoying the beauty of blooming flowers in spring, in this case almost always meaning sakura or cherry blossom and believed to have started during Nara Periode (710-794).
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 sakura trees, and sometimes these parties go on until late at night. Hanami at night is called 'Yozakura' (literally means night sakura). The teasing proverb 'Hana Yori Dango' (dumplings rather than flower) meaning that people are more interested in the food and drinks that accompany a hanami party rather than actually viewing the flowers themselves.
Last weekend we drove for about one and half hours from the city to visit Golden Wheel Garden in Galston. There are some varieties of cherry blossom trees in this garden, relatively smaller than the ones in Japan and the flowers are slightly different from what they called sakura in Japan but the beauty of cherry blossom in full bloom is really worth a visit.
(kinda wind chime?)