OHanami 1


Ohanami is the traditional Japanese custom of looking at blooming cherry
blossoms or sakura. Japanese people get together under trees and bring drinks
and snacks to eat. When the wind blows making the cherry blossoms fall swirl,
everyone goes "Ohhhh!". People enjoy each other’s company, eat and drink
together, and take pleasure in the amazing sakura.

Ohanami is usually in end of March or the beginning of April when sakura are

fully blooming. In the North like Hokkaido, sakura bloom much later, so the
Ohanami season can be almost one month later there. In southern Japan, sakura bloom much earlier.
Cherry blossom viewing at night is called yozakura. During night time the beauty of sakura is an
altogether different kind of experience.

Ohanami, or sometimes Ohanami matsuri (festival) has a long tradition. Shikibu Murasaki's Tale of Genji,
an important book that almost everyone in Japan reads, described similar kinds of flower viewing.
Ohanami originally was used to announce the rice-planting season. Also there are a lot of beliefs related
to sakura and cherry trees. It is a symbol of purity, and spiritual energy, and sometimes a sign of mercy
from gods. Spring weddings are sometimes planned for Ohanami when sakura are literally raining from
the trees. But usually, Japanese people plan weddings for the fall between September and November.
There are plenty of haiku that describe Ohanami events.

It is often said that Ohanami describes life itself because the
cherry blossom season is so short and fleeting. Ohanami is also a
good symbol of the aesthetic nature of the Japanese mind.

Sakura has inspired many artists in Japan throughout the
centuries. There are many paintings, photographs, and woodblock
prints called ukiyoe. Sakura also inspire musicians. One of the best
known songs is called "Sakura Sakura," and it's considered one of
the national anthems of Japan.

And here are the English words:

Cherry Blossoms, cherry blossoms.
On mountains, in villages.
As far as you can see.
They look like fog or clouds.
They are fragrant in the morning sun.
Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms. In full bloom.


Here are the Japanese words of the song:
Sakura - sakura –
noyamamo satomo
miwatasu kagiri
kasumi-ka kumo-ka - asahi-ni niou
sakura - sakura - hanazakari

OHanami 2

Ohanami is a Japanese holiday looking at
blooming cherry blossoms or sakura.
Japanese people get together next to cherry
trees. They eat and drink outside. People like
the beautiful sakura. Ohanami is usually at
the end of March or the start of April.
Looking at cherry blossoms at night is called
yozakura. At night, the beauty of sakura is
very different kind.

Ohanami, or sometimes Ohanami matsuri
(festival) comes from Shikibu Murasaki's
Tale of Genji, an important book that almost
everyone in Japan reads. Ohanami used to
start the rice-planting season. Cherry
blossoms are a symbol of purity, energy, and
good luck from gods. There are many poems or haiku that tell about Ohanami events. Ohanami is also a

good symbol of Japanese people: peaceful, beautiful, working at living the best way.

There are many songs, paintings, photographs, and
woodblock prints called ukiyoe about sakura. One of the
most known songs is called "Sakura Sakura," and it's
considered one of the national anthems of Japan.


Video and Music

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keF-KYKKYeI&feature=related

Here are the Japanese words of the song: And here are the English words:

Sakura - sakura – Cherry Blossoms, cherry blossoms.
noyamamo satomo On mountains, in villages.
miwatasu kagiri As far as you can see.
kasumi-ka kumo-ka - asahi-ni niou They look like fog or clouds.
sakura - sakura - hanazakari They are fragrant in the morning sun.


Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms. In full bloom.