Saturday, November 13, 2010

Hanami - Cherry Blossom Festival

I choose Hanami Festival for my e-wallpaper assignment. This festival is from Japanese (Cherry Blossom Festival).

Hanami (花見, lit. "flower viewing") is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the beauty of flowers, "flower" in this case almost always meaning cherry blossoms or ume blossoms. From the end of March to early May, sakura bloom all over Japan.The blossom forecast (桜前線 sakurazensen, literally cherry blossom front) is announced each year by the weather bureau, and is watched carefully by those planning hanami as the blossoms only last a week or two. In modern-day Japan, hanami mostly consists of having an outdoor party beneath the sakura during daytime or at night. Hanami at night is called yozakura (夜桜, literally night sakura). In many places such as Ueno Park temporary paper lanterns are hung for the purpose of yozakura.
A more ancient form of hanami also exists in Japan, which is enjoying the plum blossoms (梅 ume) instead. This kind of hanami is popular among older people, because they are more calm than the sakura parties, which usually involve younger people and can sometimes be very crowded and noisy.

 Close up of Yoshino cherry blossoms

Close up of Ume Blossom

Hanami in Oita

 Hanami parties along the Kamo River

 Hanami parties at Himeji Castle


At January 6, 2011 at 1:14 AM , Blogger Lydia said...

Your posting for Assignment 1 is incomplete & you did not submit softcopy to MMLS.


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