SAKURA NO HANA - Cherry blossom
Sakura is the Japanese word for cherry blossom, which blooms across Japan between March and May each year. The season is eagerly anticipated during the winter months, and while the blossom is out crowds of people flock to parks, gardens and riversides to eat, drink, and be merry underneath the flowers
I was in Osaka around this time of year in 2015. There were so many people who liked to enjoy sakura. and of course, there were street food stalls among the riverside.
Spring in Japan can only mean one thing: cherry blossom.
Sandwiched between the long, bitter winter months and the sweltering humidity of summer, spring is by far the most popular time for tourism in Japan - both domestic and international. The atmosphere at this time of year is infectious, with parks packed with revelers and supermarket shelves stacked with the latest blossom-flavoured snacks and drinks.
If you're in Japan during sakura season, it can seem as though the country has gone a little sakura-mad. Not only are there blossom-themed events and festivals going on up and down the country, but even the products in the supermarkets reflect the coming season - with limited edition, sakura-flavoured foods and drinks on the menu for a fleeting time only.
If you are lucky enough to be in Japan during cherry blossom season, it is de rigueur to head out into the local parks and gardens, bring a selection of picnic food and drinks and join the locals for a hanami - or"flower-viewing". It is during this period that the Japanese are at their most relaxed, and all public places take on a party-like atmosphere.