What is Hanami or Flower watching in Japanese?

Japanese love Sakura or Cherry Blossoms. We are excited to have the blooming season because we can see cherry blossoms.
Why do Japanese love Cherry blossoms?

Many Japanese people from old time to now, expressed that Cherry blossoms represent our life: flowers are beautiful when they bloom and they are even more beautiful when the petals fall down (represents death)

Cherry Blossoms represent Japanese nationals’ spirit.

In the spring comes, Japanese organize a Hanami or Flower watching Party outside. In the Japanese Kanji symbols, Hana means Flower, Mi means Watch. However, Hana is not just a flower, but Cherry Blossoms. For Japanese, Flower means Cherry Blossoms.

On weekends, you will see many people are partying under the cherry blossoms with Bento boxes and yes, with alcohols.

You may find those Japanese people doing Hanami are very friendly (maybe because they are bit drunk). If you like, talk to them and have fun with them!

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