This is late information, but it is one of the Japanese customs in April. Hanai is an activity which Japanese people go out to watch cherry blossoms. They bloom only a couple of weeks. So Many Japanese people enjoy eating, drinking, singing, and talking under the tree.
|Here is a comment from our student;
“We went to the Fukuoka Castle Ruins at Maizuru Park, to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom. The flowers were simply stunning, as I knew they would be. We had a picnic and a chat under the Sakura, before heading for a pleasant stroll through the park under the cherry blossoms, and through the castle ruins. We climbed to what was said to be the highest point of Fukuoka Castle, which provided a magnificent view of the cherry blossoms, as well as a clear view of the surrounding Fukuoka city. We also saw many traditional Japanese weddings, and children playing traditional Japanese drums. It was amazing to experience such a traditional Japanese Hanami, and very culturally educational.”