It is now in season of cherry blossom blooming in Japan. The forecast says blooming this year is almost 9 days earlier than the average year. According to the latest weather report, the blooming starts on March 19th and full bloom is expected in Friday 23rd to Monday 26th.
We Japanese have been looking forward to appreciate the beauty of spring bloom. The season of full bloom is almost same as new employees start to work at the company. It is said that traditionally, the new workers first duty is organizing Hanami-party, which means a party with appreciating cherry blossom. The employees have a welcome party for new employees after working time.
You can enjoy seeing the bloom not only the daytime, but also in the evening. You may encounter people who enjoy a party under the tree, they are not only company's gathering. This is an annual event that people bring their own picnic sheet, food and drink and having great time in the beautiful scene. Students who are visitors from other country in my cooking class say they can't imagine that Japanese drink outdoor and drunken.
I used to attend the Hanami party and it was so much fun. My colleagues and I prepared nice decorated bento box, sweets, wine and sake then enjoy drinking there. Now there are choices to order pizza and meal catering from closest branch so people enjoy hot pizza and food for the party. Moreover, some groups enjoy nabe ( hot pot), oden ( simmered daikon radish, eggs and fish cakes) and barbeque. I'm very interested in what people eat in outside more than cherry blossom because I am foodie.....
I hope you enjoy local experience. You can get a disposable picnic mat, cutlery and plates in 100 yen shop. There are many stores and food shops offer nice varieties of bento box and drinks, so you can get nice food there. Then you bring all the staffs to under nice cherry blossom and enjoy the party!