What is meant by “Hana
桜前線予報とお花見準備 The cherry-blossom-front forecast and preparation for a feast
When the blossom forecast is announced, it feels as though spring has finally come. Checking the announcement, people try to assess the best time to throw a hanami party, because the short life of the hanami season lasts only a week or so. Hanami usually means an outdoor party under cherry trees. Some people, of course, enjoy the drinking and eating rather than the cherry blossom viewing. We call those with that attitude, “Hana yori dango.”
お花見の歴史 The history of cherry blossom viewing
In many places, paper lanterns are temporarily hung to enable people to watch yozakura (sakura meaning cherry blossom, at night) and to bring a cheerful atmosphere to the feast. The custom of hanami dates back many centuries. The chronicle Nihon Shoki records hanami festivals being held as early as the third century, while in the Heian Period, cherry blossom attracted more attention and hanami became synonymous with sakura. The custom was originally for the people in the Imperial Court, but soon spread to samurai society and to the common people as well in the Edo period.
なぜ日本人は桜が好きなの？ Why do Japanese like cherry blossom?
So why do Japanese like cherry blossom so much? It is said that it is because cherry blossom symbolizes the ephemeral nature of life due to the way it blooms spectacularly but only for a short while. Well, I'll tell you why in the next article. Stay tuned!