It's cherry blossom season in Japan, and that means that everybody is out armed with a camera and grilled chicken-on-a-stick for Hana-mi. Hana-mi literally means "flower-veiwing." The ancient tradition was for monks to sit and meditate under the blossoms fluttering off the trees. Nowadays it's pretty much the Japanese equivalent of Fourth of July: instead of fireworks being an excuse to stagger around drunkenly in a park and eat lots of grilled animal fat, in Japan the excuse is the blossoming of cherry trees.

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written by Ruthie @ 5:05 AM  
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  • At 4/06/2008 4:17 PM, Blogger JIFF said…

    I really like the symbolism
    It is the beginning of spring, the fiscal year, the kids in school, a fresh start

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