I just realized I haven’t posted in a number of days and the number of views I’m getting on the page has tanked to zero :'(. I guess I was too absorbed in Idolmaster :P. So, I’m going to describe a fairly common Japanese tradition. This is a practice largely akin to how North Americans go to observe fall leaves I guess. The hanami is just a great excuse to go on a picnic with some coworkers and enjoy yourselves, which is perfectly fine in my book!
The date that the sakura’s are fully open in Japan are announced by the Japanese Weather Observatory a couple of weeks in advance to the actual event. This year the date is in March 20th. It also corresponds to the date where Kyoto will be impossible to enter :P. I”m currently reconsidering my plans to attend MikuFes because of this. Also, contrary to what is shown in drama and manga, sakura are for the most part very very white, with a slight tinge of pink.
In anime and drama, you always see these magnificent lunchboxes prepared by the female characters for the protagonist. Alas, I am not a protagonist so I settled with going to the supermarket with all my coworkers and we had the following for lunch. Please don’t ask me to name what I ate, because I have no idea either! But, it was delicious.
Idle banter, great food, great scenery, and of course great beer is to be enjoyed during this festival. It’s definitely alot of fun to just chill with your friends and acquaintances and just enjoy the scenery. Unfortunately, the park I was at, 知多半田 chita handa park, was suffering from a severe bout of cold weather. The sakura’s did not fully open, and all of us were left half freezing :(.
Well even though the Sakura weren’t quite blooming, the festive atmosphere certainly was. There were a huge number of stores open hosting carnival like games (picking up fish with paper nets, etc.) and of course tons of yakisoba, taiyaki, and takoyaki stores as well. You can see two of them in the picture above.
A bonus to the park was that it doubled as a free zoo. Peacocks, flamingos, monkeys, etc.!
Well afterwards, we all went and made merry at Karaoke for 2 hours at Big Echo. Gosh was that expensive, next time I’m definitely going back to my usual spot :P.