Ohanami is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the bloom of cherry blossom trees. It is most often done by partying outside, sitting under the cherry blossoms with plenty of drinks and snacks at hand. Japanese people love so much those picnic under the Cherry Blossom trees, called Sakura in Japanese, that the Japanese Meteorological Office releases forecasts for the blooming of Cherry blossoms throughout Japan. The trees usually bloom in the middle of March in the southern parts of Japan and ends in the northern end in early May. It is therefore possible to travel from the the southern division of Kyushu to the northernmost division of Hokkaido (think Sapporo beer) while enjoying a perfect Cherry Blossom bloom in every single city visited! An important fact for environmentally concious folks here, Cherry blossom season is happening slightly earlier every year due to the warming trend associated with climate change.
This year I went ohanami with Ayako, Mama, Ojiisan and Obaasan at the Garyu Koen park in the city of Suzaka. The weather was nice and the location was not so crowded. We ate oden and osembe and drank plenty of sake!