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The Japanese Word For Cherry Is Sakura

The entire country is planted with them. When the trees are in flower, the display is spectacular. Like Christmas in the West, it is a time of year when people get together.

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Individuals and businesses hold parties. People are obliged to socialise when their inclination might be otherwise, which can be both a good and a bad thing. Cherry blossom viewing is difficult to avoid if you live in Japan. If you like flowers, it’s a great time to visit the countryside.

If you are a student of human behaviour, there is a lot to see. Offices arrange parties and staff feel bound to turn up. You can see them in the parks, sitting beneath the trees. Some will be viewing the blooms with eyes attuned to the beauty of nature.

When the trees are in flower, the display is spectacular.

Others will be swigging beer and stuffing themselves with potato crisps. It takes all sorts to make a world and no one can escape the sakura parties. Sakura time starts in early spring in the south of the country and several weeks later in the north.

We make a point of securing our weekend accommodation well in advance. We are invited to Sakura parties most years but rarely make the trip from Australia. Last year was an exception. We saw an unbelievably low air fare on the internet and grabbed it before it could vanish.

One was near Mount Fuji (title photo) and the other about 100 kilometres up the coast from Tokyo.

Walking the streets at night time

The second party was abandoned due to snow and we retreated indoors. My second photograph was taken at the Fuji party and was organised by friends who moved into the area from Tokyo, about ten years ago, for a more relaxed lifestyle. Land prices were relatively low and they got a bargain. That has now changed and people are flooding into the region. Their party was arranged so that the newcomers could get to know one another and meet the odd visitor from overseas.

Individuals and businesses hold parties. People are obliged to socialise when their inclination might be otherwise, which can be both a good and a bad thing. Cherry blossom viewing is difficult to avoid if you live in Japan. If you like flowers, it’s a great time to visit the countryside.

Knowing the terminology will help you understand the comments your co-workers may make and will help remind you of the types of analysis you should be doing.

If you are a student of human behaviour, there is a lot to see. Offices arrange parties and staff feel bound to turn up. You can see them in the parks, sitting beneath the trees. Some will be viewing the blooms with eyes attuned to the beauty of nature.

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