With every season comes new, interesting traditions and fresh opportunities to enjoy nature.
Each spring, people across Japan gather under cherry (Sakura) trees to enjoy the breathtaking sight of their pale pink blossom.
Hanami, the tradition of flower viewing, dates to the 8th century when Japanese nobility would celebrate the arrival of spring by drinking and dining under blossoming trees. Over centuries, the practice grew in popularity, and today, the Sakura has become an integral part of Japanese culture, and an emblem of the country recognised across the globe.
Sakura blossoms have close ties to the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi and the appreciation of impermanence and renewal. The beauty of the blooms is fleeting, as they flower for just one week, before falling and covering the ground in a layer of petals.
The trees usually begin to bloom in the southernmost regions and work their way north during the early spring. Today, Japanese news stations release detailed forecasts so eager flower viewers can make the most of the short window.
During the brief bloom, it is customary for friends and families to gather under the trees and share unique, celebratory dishes such as makizushi (sushi rolls), inarizushi (sushi rice stuffed in fried tofu pouches), or kamaboko (pink and white fish cakes), washed down with cups of Sake.
Appreciation and respect for the rhythms of nature are central to our ethos, and Hanami embodies this perfectly.
This Spring, we encourage you to experience the joy of Hanami for yourself. Gather with friends or family under flowering trees and celebrate the arrival of spring together.
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