April 7, 2015

The Hanami Under the Camellia Tree


No cherry blossom season in Japan is complete without hanami.

Hanami is pretty much a picnic under the cherry blossoms. So you would think that it's as easy as a picnic blanket in one hand and a six-pack of beer in the other. Well, it's a little bit more complicated than that.

For one, it's hard to pinpoint when the cherry blossoms will be in full bloom, even with the announcement of the cherry blossom forecast as early as a month before. Especially if you only have weekends (like me).

For another, spring weather is extremely unstable and that means it rains quite often. So not only do you hope the blossoms are blooming but you also have to hang a teru-teru-bozu and pray it doesn't rain on your hanami day.

And finally, this hanami season is also the end of the fiscal year for most companies and spring break for many students. Which can mean full schedules for everyone and is quite difficult to find a day when everyone is able to come. I actually have a coworker who sets a date for hanami with friends a year ahead.

Well, my baby sister was flying in to stay with me for a few days before heading back to school at the end of March so we decided on this day to get together. It was a gorgeous afternoon with the sun shining through the trees, perfect for hanami.

Except none of the cherry trees had blossoms!

Ha! Ah well, I knew the unusually warm weather was too good to be true. Although it didn't stop us one bit from having a good time. We spotted a camellia tree in full bloom and decided that one blossom was good as the other! x


Did you have the perfect hanami day this season?

We got burgers from my favorite burger shop! Yum!
Did you try the easter kitkats? (It was way too sweet for me...but cute, right?)
My sister flew in this morning and brought homemade ohagi that my mom made for us.

4 comments:

  1. It has been a while since I commented, but your photos look great as ever!
    I had fun at my first hanami ever this year!
    Under a Camellia tree looks good as well though :)

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    1. Hi Sacha! I hope you're doing well. I'm so glad you enjoyed your hanami! I guess it doesn't really matter what flower you sit under as long as you're with merry friends! ;D

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  2. Every year I do a Sox-kun hanami with friends. Usually get about 30 people. It was last weekend, and although it was late for the Somei Yoshino, there are a couple late blooming trees as well. We just set up shop there, and by 1300, it was dry and a bit sunny. A bit cold and gloomy for most of it, but a great time. With my work, I can't do hanami on weekends often, so I get one chance at it.

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    1. That is a huge party! Wow, must be fun!

      Every year I am determined to have a picnic every other weekend and I usually only get a handful in, if even that. Glad you got your hanami this year! It's really all about the fun, although cherry blossoms are always a plus :D

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