***Exact location is at the Midtown back deck across from the sculpture garden***
There is no better way to welcome Spring than a club Hanami!
We will gather at 7:00pm on Friday, March 23rd at Hinokicho Park (east side of Tokyo Midtown). We will have a large tarp, but please feel free to bring another tarp and/or blankets. Regarding snack and beverages, bring whatever you would like to drink and a few extras to share. All club members welcome--hope you can join the celebration.
Hanami is a long-standing Japanese tradition of welcoming spring. Also known as the “cherry blossom festival,” this annual celebration is about appreciating the temporal beauty of nature. People gather under blooming cherry blossoms for food, drink, songs, companionship and the beauty of sakura (cherry blossoms). Celebrations typically begin in late March and run through May.
About Hinokicho Park
A municipal park, Hinokicho Park belonging to Minato Ward, lies in the east side of Tokyo Midtown. This site was formerly the garden attached to the Azabu villa residence for the Mori Family, a member of the Hagi Clan during the Edo Period (1603~1868). This residence was also known as the “Hinoki Mansion” linked to the large number of hinoki (cypress) trees on the grounds. This impressive greenery was known as “Shimizu Garden,” and enjoyed fame for its sweeping view of Edo (old Tokyo). The flora of this storied garden has now remerged as a park. There has been no change at all, however, in the rich “Japanese beauty” exuded here.