"Hanami is the Japanese pastime of admiring nature while drinking sake"

Cherry blossoms: 1200 years of history

Our guide, Alain, has lived in Japan for 15 years and has a passion for the culture, history and other fascinating aspects of the country. He tells us about the origins of hanami, its meaning to the Japanese and how the custom has evolved into the cultural phenomenon it is today.

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