Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Hanami is the traditional custom of partying under the cherry blossoms. It's a time when friends, students, and colleagues get together with food and drink, music (singing, karaoke machines, guitars, etc.), big blue tarps, and lots of alcohol. Basically, it's an excuse to party hard and make lots of noise. Parties usually take place at public parks, often at night after work, and sometimes last until late at night. Police and paramedics are often on hand to deal with noise, fights, and the usual intoxication. As you can see at Inokashira Park above, they make what could have been a beautiful sight, an ugly, littered, unpleasant mess.