Saturday, January 15, 2005

Cherry Blossom Viewing - Hanami

Hanami (literally means 'flower viewing') is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the beauty of flowers. From late March to early April, cherry blossoms (sakura) go into full bloom all over Japan. In modern-day Japan, hanami mostly means of having an outdoor party beneath the sakura, which are pretty in daylight and enchanting at night. Hanami at night is called Yozakura (literally means night sakura).

In Japan, spring indicates the beginning of both the academic and the fiscal years. The blooming of the cherry blossoms inspire people to start the new year afresh.

"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm." -- Sir Winston Churchill

"When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us." -- Helen Keller

"My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment." -- Oprah Winfrey

"Little by little, one travels far." -- J. R. R. Tolkien

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Anonymous said...

Why did you post some pictures (or maybe all) of Ume instead of the Sakura's?

Patrick Leong said...

hi. yea. in fact all pictures are ume (plum blossom). no choice, last year when my computer down, i lost many of my digital pictures. for sakura, refer to : four seasons - natural beauty posting. cheers.