The History of Hanami: The Japanese Tradition of Cherry Blossom Viewing

Amélie Geeraert
Kokoro Media
Published in
4 min readFeb 16, 2024

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In Spring in Japan, cherry blossom trees are in bloom for about two weeks. During this very short period of time, Japanese people enjoy the traditional activity called hanami, which can be literally translated as “viewing the flowers.” Read on to discover the origins and meanings of this celebration and how it is celebrated today.

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Amélie Geeraert
Kokoro Media

Living in Japan since 2011. I love interviewing inspiring people.