Ohanami or Hanami stands for flower viewing. (The O is meant to be respectful, hana means flower, and mimas is the verb to see.)
There is a transient nature to these trees. Their blooms last for barely a week before they begin to fall to the ground. They are meant to represent new beginnings as springs normally do across the world. I’ll be sad when they are gone, but I will also be happy they were there; I will be happy that I could see and record their beauty.
Jenny, Jenny, and I went on a picnic under the sakura no ki or Cherry Blossom (sakura) Trees (ki) on the banks of our local Shinkawa River.
We bought a bunch of food at our local mall, Falulu.
Then Jenny took a million pictures of Jenny and I!
Aren’t we cute!
This is a big part of the months of March and April, Japan’s spring time. Families are out picnicing; groups of people are drinking and carousing. Some people even take naps in the fuzzy, green grass, while girls in kimono get their pictures taken as the sakura rise above and behind them.