Hanami 2017 Photography by Aqeel Qureshi

Hanami 2017: Cherry Blossom Season in Japan

One of the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Japan are probably beautiful Cherry Blossom Trees or Sakura. Hanami Parties are not only a celebration of mother nature’s gift but an excuse to get really drunk! Hanami is pretty much a giant, Japanese party!


Hanami - 花見 is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the beauty of flowers (sakura). From the end of March to April, cherry trees bloom in Japan, The blossom forecast 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 beneath the sakura during daytime or at night.

Early Bloom - First shot of the Cherry Blossom

Half moon in between the Cherry Blossom
Front-row Hanami Viewing
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotic) on Sakura tree in Ueno, Tokyo
Hanami cherry blossom viewing parties under cherry trees in full blossom
新宿御苑, Shinjuku Gyoen
Full moon in between the Cherry Blossom

See you next year!

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