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VIDEO: YouTube hanami gathering

On March 27, YouTube enthusiasts and video bloggers living in Tokyo and beyond gathered in Yoyogi Park for a cherry-blossom viewing. Although taking in the pink blossoms and indulging alcohol and snacks is an age-old tradition, digital cameras, laptops and live streaming were also an important part of this annual YouTubers’ hanami. With many attendees having already met at previous offline get-togethers, it was obviously a tightly knit community, and one that spans many nationalities.

The Japan Times dropped by Yoyogi Park to chat with some of the vloggers we’d seen online and luckily celebs from the scene, such as such as tokyocooney, hikosaemon, and tolokyo, were there and happy to talk to us.

Here’s a quick intro to a few of the local vloggers. Watch this space for more in-depth profiles.

Video by Kyle Korabowski