“Hanami” is the centuries-old practice of picnicking under a blooming sakura or ume tree. The custom is said to have started during the Nara Period (710–794) when it was ume blossoms that people admired in the beginning. But by the Heian Period (794–1185), cherry blossoms came to attract more attention and hanami was synonymous with sakura. From then on, in both waka and haiku, “flowers” (花 hana) meant “cherry blossoms”. The custom was originally limited to the elite of the Imperial Court, but soon spread to samurai society and, by the Edo period, to the common people as well. Tokugawa Yoshimune planted areas of cherry blossom trees to encourage this. Under the sakura trees, people had lunch and drank sake in cheerful feasts.
Every year people are waiting about one of the amazing season in Japan to witness the blooming, make tons of pictures or just simply get drunk under the trees.
Below you can see the rough 2017 Japan cherry blossom forecast which has finally been announced by Japan Meteorological Corporation.
Sakura blossom aka Hanami in Japan is expected to arrive earlier than usually, according to Japan Meteorological Corporation the Yoshino cherry which is the most popular, will start blooming around March 20 in Tokyo and withing following we all over Japan.
Don`t miss the chance while in Japan!