Spring is coming to Japan.
Speaking of spring in Japan, cherry blossoms are famous.
Cherry blossom is known as “sakura” in Japanese, and it’s the country’s national flower.
The cherry blossom (or sakura) “front” sweeps along the length of the country each year, beginning with Okinawa in the far south in February and working its way along Japan to northern Hokkaido in May.
If you are lucky enough to be in Japan during cherry blossom season, it is de rigueur to head out into the local parks and gardens, bring a selection of picnic food and drinks and join the locals for a hanami – or”flower-viewing”. It is during this period that the Japanese are at their most relaxed, and all public places take on a party-like atmosphere.