Hanami


People usually associate the Japanese term "hanami" with cherry blossoms, but strictly speaking hanami means flower viewing. A literal practice of stopping to smell the flowers in the form of festivals, outdoor parties, and picnics. In Japan most festivals revolve around the cherry blossoms, but I'm trying to have a little "hanami" of my own in Northern Ireland with whatever blooms I can find. I did have the good fortune of studying abroad in Japan when the cherry blossoms bloomed (to go my spring semester was not a coincidence) and I can still recall how magical it felt to walk to school as pink petals floated through the air and kids rode by on their bicycles in a happy babble I was only just beginning to understand. It was one of those changing springs when not only winter is cast off but you also shed an old skin and your life starts to become something different. I feel a similar shift this spring as if more than the weather will change in the next few months. I'm rambling, in most ways this is just another ubiquitous "yay spring" post.

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  1. Très mignon!

    This flower are very beautiful and your dress too! :)

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  2. Strictly speaking, it is. But the ritual in itself only applies to cherry blossoms. I mean, you can't have a hanami viewing some other kind of flowers.

    Sorry, I'm rambling.

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  3. @Bivisyani, sorry but that's just not accurate--the practice was original for ume (or plum blossoms). Hanami became synonymous with sakura/cherry blossoms, but the origins aren't necessarily for that specific flower, which means the practice isn't about cherry blossoms but about spring flowers in general. Just look at the name--sakura means cherry blossom, hanami means flower, not a specific one.

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  4. Wow, your hair color is especially vibrant in these pictures! I'm really loving it.

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  5. Woah your eyes! I thought they were a darker blue! I remember them being an ocean-in-the-evening sort of blue. Do they change colour in the sun?!

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  6. @Anne, yeah I think it's just b/c the light is so bright--I think they're really a dark blue usually. :)

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  7. I'm amazed by how fast your hair grow, maybe it's love?... :)
    B.

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  8. We were just talking about hanami in Japanese class last night. :) You are so lucky to have been and seen it all. I'm learning in my spare time and planning to go next year. I just hope it's all it seems to be.
    And I think it's great to put a little 'hanami' wherever you are. Surely the spirit of it is to appreciate the beauty of the flowers? My Japanese teacher said they go and see the blossoms in Kew Gardens in London and do the same thing.

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  9. I'm really digging your bright hair and polish against a more muted background. I love seeing the cherry blossoms bloom and it's so beautiful when the petals fall and the ground is scattered with light pink.

    ManeUntame

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  10. I love your hair, its colour is so vibrant and full of life!

    http://luxuryready2wear.eu/

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  11. looove your hair like this!! i def did some "hanami" of my own today at some local flower fields! yay flowers! as they say, april showers bring may flowers! ^__^


    --Leeds
    at this volume

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  12. Gorgeous pictures, loving the outfit, that dress is too cute! xx

    www.hausofsarahrachel.blogspot.com

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  13. the ladybird! that ladybird!! (insert heart eyed emoticon)

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  14. Hi! I'm Yuka from Japan.
    I've stalked you on instagram and visited this site:) love your outfit so much!
    While the season of cherry blossom viewing party has ended here in Japan, im gonna have hanami in your way♡

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  15. I would love to experience Hanami in Japan one day. I always see such great pictures of people sitting underneath the trees with friends/family/colleagues and enjoying food and drinks. I absolutely love cherry blossom - I think when the petals start to fall, it's so magical and it's like we're in a snow globe or a dream.

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  16. ooooo i love your hair styled like this!!!

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  17. This is beautiful! Can I ask what camera you use? Your photography is stunning. xo

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  18. @carolyn henderson, thanks I use a canon mark--you can find a lot of info on my camera here.

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