The best places for cherry blossom viewing in Japan

The best places for cherry blossom viewing in Japan

In the same vein that people in New England like to watch the brilliant fall foliage in their state, in Japan watching the pink explosion of the blooming cherry trees in Spring is something that few people would miss. Hanami (literally flower viewing in Japanese) is the tradition of admiring the beauty of sakura (Japanese cherry trees) or plum trees that bloom for a few short weeks in May. Hanami doesn't merely mean taking a walk in the park and throwing a look every now and then in the dire... [ read more ]