It’s cherry blossom season in Japan again and people are going out for big cherry blossom viewing parties (hanami) everywhere. Today, Yasu and I had our own little picnic on a bench under the cherry blossoms (sakura) near the Japan mint in Osaka.
Usually, people gather in groups and eat, drink, chat and play games on a big blue tarp under the cherry trees. It’s a very popular activity and it gets really crowded. So many people reserve spots under the trees, by spreading a blue tarp and a sign with their name, as early as they can, some even the night before.
Most of the ‘reservations’ were made by companies and their most junior employees are usually sent to guard the spot until everyone else arrives to party at night. Some companies were going all out, preparing barbecues and lights, and we even saw Japanese style tables and seat cushions for more than 30 people. Amazing.