Sunday, April 17, 2011

Hanami 2011

Hanami is a festive time a year when people in Japan enjoy spring, eat food under cherry blossom trees and take lots of photos of flowers. In Nagoya this is usually the first half of April, this year everyone hit the park from the first weekend of April and stayed there through this past weekend. These photos were taken during this three week time period at Tsurumai park and Meijo park. Below is the entrance of Tsurumai park, early afternoon. You can see people are all ready staking out there spots under the trees, but if you are not there, I think it is okay to use the spots till the blue tarp owners show up.
Below is a couple taking photos of the blossoms. This was the first weekend, so the blossoms are still blooming.New blossoms.People are just having fun outside in the park. Here is a group of people, the guy in the middle is DJ'ing, there are two turn tables on that I-pad, he stood there and mixed for hours.More flowers.Here is a single serving of sake, Japanese rice wine drink.At night, most parks are lit-up till about 9pm.It's good to learn Kanji, the meaning of the one below is: refreshments-sold-here.The remaining photos are from Meijo park, this past weekend.At this point most of the blossoms are falling off the trees (there has been high wind and rain the past few weeks in Nagoya too, that does not help). New leaves replaces the flowers, but all the peddles make a real mess.Below you can see Nagoya castle in the background.Not all flowers are cherry blossoms.

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