Friday, May 1, 2015

Hanami and Japan's Spring Dishes

Beside anime and manga, Japan also exported their food to the world. For example, Lawson and Family Mart is now got franchised all over the world and serving Japanese konbini food. And as you know, Japan have four seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. Each are different and so does the food.

When it comes to spring, of course people will talk about Hanami. But what do people eat when viewing Sakura? And what are Japan Spring's seasonal dishes?

Hanami and Food

Before we talk about the food, what is 'Hanami' by the way?

Hanami is a Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers. Flowers here refers to Sakura or Cherry Blossoms. Sakura bloom all over Japan from the end of March to early May. Sakura in full bloom only last for around two weeks. So hanami is a special occasion where people gathering in a park for picnic under the cherry blossom tree.