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Hanami with Aid For Japan

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Aid For Japan staged a hanami event recently in Regent’s Park to enjoy the beauty of the cherry blossoms.

Hanami is a traditional Japanese custom of viewing the cherry blossoms – and Aid For Japan (in association with its social group Bunkasai Club) recently staged its own hanami and picnic in London’s Regent’s Park.

Hanami is not just looking at the beautiful cherry blossoms. There is a Japanese saying: “Hana yori dango” – which suggests that rather than just viewing the cherry blossoms, it’s eating, drinking and chatting with friends that has more importance.

Although there was a slight chill in the air, the sunny weather made for a perfect afternoon of picnicking and enjoying the slow fall of the cherry blossom. The tasty treats that our various attendees had brought included sushi, onigiri rice snacks and a selection of hand baked cookies. The result was a perfect afternoon of good food and good company.