On my last day in Saitama, everyone else was doing hanami. I had to catch a train at two in the afternoon to be in time for my plane back to Sapporo, so I could not participate very much. I did get to see a little of how they do hanami in mainland Japan.
|The trees where not in bloom yet. The TV prognosis said that it would be three more days before full bloom in this area.|
As previously mentioned, in Sapporo hanami means barbecue. In Honshu it means buying cold food or bringing food from home and having a picnic. This is nice too, of course. We stopped by a supermarket and bought lots of food and alcohol, and then took a train to a park with lots of cherry trees. I ate some of the food, which was good, and then got on a train to the airport before most of the participants had even arrived. I did see some of them in the train station, though.
|The sign says: "Warning: watch out for perverts"|
|You can see the park from the train station, and you can even see my sister-in-law in the park in this photo.|