It is now time to view the cherry blossom festival in Japan as parts of the country are blessed with groves of cherry trees in full blossom.
Known as Hanami, this is an important Japanese custom held all over the country in spring. Hanami literally means ‘viewing flowers’, but it generally indicates viewing cherry blossoms at this specific season of the year.
It is a time for people to have fun viewing cherry blossoms, with picnics under the trees, barbecues and organized competitions. Cherry blossom festivals take place all over the country. Most are held between March to May, though other regions have them in January, February, and June, depending on their location. Festival dates are usually determined with reference to cherry blossom forecasts and these vary from year to year.