Sunday, March 30, 2008

Watching cherry blossoms at Inokashira Park

Going as a group to have a meal under cherry blossoms is very popular in Japan. Taking into account the fact that the cherry blossoms are typically only around for a week or two at best, that here are a few very famous spots for doing so in Tokyo and that Inokashira Park (井の頭公園)is one of those spots, it is understandable why the park was so crowded yesterday night. Thanks to Kota's advance thinking though we had a spot saved (there were 5 of us) right next to the pond and under a beautiful cherry blossom tree.

It was a very interesting sight. The sheer crowdedness of the park was a sight to behold. The closest approximation I can think of to that is this: Imagine a patch of land, about a quarter mile square in size covered with cherry blossom trees, a pond bordering it on one side and square pieces of plastic mats with about 5 people on each on average. Anyway, one interesting part of the tradition is consuming alcohol so it was very interesting to see all sorts of people drinking all sorts of drinks without anyone making a scene.

I am very glad that I got a chance to experience this. Probably by the next weekend the cherry blossoms will be all gone.

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