Go west to enjoy a family <em>hanami</em> party

Lifestyle | CHILD'S PLAY Mar 18, 2018

Go west to enjoy a family hanami party

by Jason Jenkins

At last, winter's grip is loosening and spring in Japan is on its way. Soon cherry blossoms will explode across the archipelago, and parks around the country will be full of smiles and picnic tarps. That's right: it's hanami (cherry-blossom viewing) season again — ...

Aomori home to nation's top cherry blossom viewers, survey says

National Apr 3, 2017

Aomori home to nation's top cherry blossom viewers, survey says

Residents in Aomori Prefecture seem to cherish sakura more than anywhere else in Japan, according to a survey on cherry blossom viewing by weather forecaster Weathernews Inc. The survey was conducted on subscribers to its smartphone apps. In ranking their individual spending plans for this year's ...

Voices | OVERHEARD Feb 4, 2017

Flower power

Middle-aged man #1: The plum blossoms are out in (Tokyo's) Komazawa Park. Not much longer till cherry blossom season. Planning anything special this year? Middle-aged man #2: I was just going to do the same as every year — go to Ueno Park. Middle-aged man #1: ...