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Post by Re-L on Mon Apr 01, 2013 1:07 am

Hanami ( Hanami Party )
- The Japanese custom of enjoying cherry blossoms along with the arrival of Spring.
Hanami (花見, Hanami lit. "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 late March to early May, sakura bloom all over Japan. The blossom forecast (桜前線, sakurazensen, lit. cherry blossom front) is announced each year by the weather bureau, and is watched carefully by those planning hanami as the blossoms only last a week or two. In modern-day Japan, hanami mostly consists of having an outdoor party (Hanami Party) beneath the sakura during daytime or at night. Hanami at night is called yozakura (lit. "night sakura"). In many places such as Ueno Park temporary paper lanterns are hung for the purpose of yozakura.
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Hanami History
The practice of hanami is many centuries old. The custom is said to have started during the Nara Period (710�784) when the Chinese Tang Dynasty influenced Japan in many ways; one of which was the custom of enjoying flowers. Though it was ume blossoms that people admired in the beginning, by the Heian Period, sakura came to attract more attention. From then on, in tanka and haiku, "flowers" meant "sakura."

Hanami was first used as a term analogous to cherry blossom viewing in the Heian era novel Tale of Genji. Whilst a wisteria viewing party was also described, from this point on the terms "hanami" and "flower party" were only used to describe cherry blossom viewing.

Sakura originally was used to divine that year's harvest as well as an announcer of the rice-planting season. People believed in gods' existence inside the trees and made offerings at the root of sakura trees. Afterwards, they partook of the offering with sake.

The custom was originally limited to the elite of the Imperial Court, but soon spread to samurai society and, by the Edo period, to the common people as well. Tokugawa Yoshimune planted areas of cherry blossom trees to encourage this. Under the sakura trees, people had lunch and drank sake in cheerful feasts.

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. In more than half of Japan, the cherry blossoming period coincides with the beginning of the scholastic and fiscal years, and so welcoming parties are often opened with hanami.


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Re: Hanami (Hanami Party)

Post by mr.kudos on Mon Apr 01, 2013 5:25 am

This is one of things that I like to try in Japan
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Re: Hanami (Hanami Party)

Post by roanxxx on Mon Apr 01, 2013 7:17 am

Ang ganda nito XD Hahaha. Pink yung paligid.. Spring...

Sarap ng pakiramdam pag spring eh. XD
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Re: Hanami (Hanami Party)

Post by Re-L on Mon Apr 01, 2013 7:20 am


haha..me too!
gusto ko ma experience ang hanami..

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Re: Hanami (Hanami Party)

Post by terahertsz on Mon Apr 01, 2013 8:06 am

count me in .. haha gusto ko ding maka expirience ng ganyan.. Very Happy
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Re: Hanami (Hanami Party)

Post by Re-L on Mon Apr 01, 2013 4:01 pm

haha, gusto kong maglakad sa pathway na ang nakapaligid ay puro sakura trees.. ang sarap siguro ng feeling.. Very Happy
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Re: Hanami (Hanami Party)

Post by mr.kudos on Mon Apr 01, 2013 4:36 pm

Sake + Cherry blossom = Total Relaxation
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Post by Re-L on Mon Apr 01, 2013 5:23 pm

I want to try the nihonshu! The namazake sake Very Happy
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Post by terahertsz on Mon Apr 01, 2013 9:13 pm

School + Cherry trees in the path to school = Relaxing School Life ..

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Re: Hanami (Hanami Party)

Post by Re-L on Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:37 pm

Ang ganda sana kung may sakura trees ang Pilipinas
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Re: Hanami (Hanami Party)

Post by mr.kudos on Wed Apr 03, 2013 6:18 pm

Re-L wrote: Ang ganda sana kung may sakura trees ang Pilipinas

It's the Philippines...filled with boring sites....not much of a surprise...the only good place here is boracay nothing more nothing less
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