Hanami is the name for the Japanese tradition of enjoying the entire blossoming season of the Cherry Trees. The span from the first sparse buds to the stage when the branches are blanketed in blossoms is a time to see and savor spring.
Here are a few pictures taken at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. When I visited, last week, the Japanese Garden was in full bloom. The grand Cherry Esplanade was in pre bloom. I intend to visit again to see the spectacular show of The Cherry Esplanade. For now here are a few large photos followed by a slide show of my visit to one of my favorite places during my favorite time of the year.
- Cherry Blossoms in Kyoto 2012 (gaijininkansai.com)
- Sakura III: The Beauty of Hanami in Tokyo (japangasm.wordpress.com)