Japanese Spring might be gloomy and cold this year. But that doesn't mean we will just stay inside our house and be lazy 😉 It is one of my most awaited time of the year to enjoy hanami and picnics with our friends. Hanami or flower viewing is a Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the beauty of flowers especially when the sakuras (cherry blossoms) are in full bloom. It came from the word hana (flower) and mi (from the original word miru which means to see). Nowadays, hanami is being practiced with outdoor party under the sakura trees.
Despite the frequent gloomy weather and from time to time some rain, we were fortunate to have a sunny Easter day two Sundays ago. Hence, we celebrated it outside with some friends. We went to Kasai Rinkai park to enjoy the sun and the sea.
Back in Manila, Easter celebration was done by going to the church to hear mass and enjoying some rice cakes. This year, I learned how Lithuanians celebrate Easter. The night before Easter, my friend and her kids made some colored eggs using the onion skin as source of pigment. The eggs were first wrapped in a stocking and boiled in a water with onion peels. To add some designs, she placed some flowers and leaves on the eggshell.
All of us were given an egg and were instructed to find a partner. We then needed to knock each other's eggs until there is only one uncracked shell left. The owner would be considered as winner.
After that we enjoyed some food and spent some hours relaxing under the sun. The kids also enjoyed catching some small crabs along the beach.
Enjoying Japanese Spring
Just a few days ago, sakuras in our area were finally in full bloom. Pink and white cherry blossoms are now being enjoyed by young and old every where. Last Saturday, my husband and I went for hanami hosted by one of our friends. We were lucky that most of the sakura trees were already in full bloom. We were able to enjoy Japanese Spring! We went to Shinsui Day Camp for a barbecue party. It was a bit cloudy that day but the nice food and the heat from the grill kept us happy and warm.