It’s almost Cherry Blossom Viewing season again and time for the annual Smith’s School of English Kansai Area Hanami (Cherry Blossom Viewing) Party. Cherry Blossom Viewing Parties are common all across Japan as the Cherry Blossom buds open to reveal their oh so delicate and beautiful blossoms. Usually, families, friends or co-workers get together for lunch or dinner parties (sometimes both!). This involves choosing a location (of which every prefecture has many), organizing travel and food and drinks, and of course the ever important ground sheet (in Canada we call this a “tarp” and use it to protect the firewood pile on rainy days, however in Japan at Hanami season we sit on them, en lieu of a picnic blanket).
As in past years, Smith’s School of English will once again host what is possibly the biggest English school hanami party in Japan. All our students are invited, and as in past years we expect a huge turn-out! To see pictures and videos of past years’ hanami parties, click on the links below.
Regardless of where you live in Japan, I hope you have a chance to get out and enjoy a cherry blossom viewing party of your own! If you are planning a trip to Japan and have control over when you can come, I highly recommend late March to early April, as this is the best time to see the cherry blossoms blooming at their fullest. The cherry blossom season is an increbidly important season in Japan, so scientists and meteorologists invest a lot of time and money into correctly predicting the exact dates of the cherry blossom season. If you are planning to host a cherry blossom party, or just want to get out and enjoy the colours and maybe take some pictures, check out the Cherry Blossom Forecast Guide 2010 at Japan-Guide.com for the best [English] information.
Looking forward to seeing my fellow franchisees and wonderful students for another relaxing and fun [English!!!] day in the sun.
Edward, Smith’s School of English Otsu