Spring is a lovely season to visit Japan and hanami (cherry blossoms viewing) is a much anticipated festivity in the year. Having the privilege to come to Fukuoka in March, I have been looking forward to the hanami this week. Although it was not my first time viewing sakura, it was my first time going with a group of Japanese teachers and classmates.
I have always been fascinated by Japanese people’s hanami culture; it is not just a mere action of appreciating sakura blossoming; its a celebration of the beauty in life, the approach of spring, and camaraderie of friends and families. We went in a group of 10 teachers and classmates to the Maizuru Park, where we had bento under the cherry blossom trees.
Afterwards i went with teachers to visit the ruins of the Fukuoka castle and Korokan Historical Museum, a guesthouse for diplomats in ancient times. I found it particularly interesting that researchers of the museum could actually infer what food the people had eaten, and even reconstructed the whole feast in the old days just by examining the elements found in the toilet remains. It was a really funfilled day.