In the end of March and the beginning of April, Japans cherry trees (sakura, 桜) begin to bloom and visitors - Japanese and Non-Japanese - will make a picknick unter the beautiful pink and white blossoms with their co-workers, friends or families and beloved ones.This 'picknick under cherry blossoms' is very famous and recently the term Hanami is also know outside of Japan.
How to do a Hanami? This is quite simple!
Usually Japanese go for a Hanami on a Sunday, because most of them have their day off. The most favourite location for Hanami is a public Park, like Yoyogi Park or Ueno Park in Tôkyô. Ueno Park is really popular and you hardly find free seats under the cherry trees. Yoyogi Park is very popular among young people, because the park is located next to the fashion-district Harajuku and on the bridge Meiji jingu-mae cosplayers and otaku from Japan and all over the world come together.Very typical for a Japanese Hanami are the blue sheets (available in different sizes at any 100-Yen Shop). Groups of five to ten people or more sit on them under the pink or white cherry blossoms and enjoy a picknick together. Mostly with a lot (and I really mean a lot!) of alcohol, like (Japanese) beer or sake (Japanese rice wine, お酒).