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Hanami and Tanabata Festival

  1. 1. Hanami Festival
  2. 2. Hanami Festival <ul><li>When: SPRING , around April </li></ul><ul><ul><li>late March to early April (early May on Hokkaido) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>approximately 2 - 3 weeks </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hanami means “flower viewing” </li></ul><ul><li>Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the beauty of flowers, usually meaning sakura (cherry blossoms) or sometimes ume (peach) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Hanami Festival <ul><li>Sakura </li></ul><ul><ul><li>national flower of Japan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>defines all that is vulnerable about being human </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sakura season </li></ul><ul><ul><li>reminds us that life is fleeting and time is precious </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Time to reflect </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>cherry blossom cycle is seen as a metaphor for life </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Hanami Festival <ul><li>started during the Nara Period (710–784) </li></ul><ul><li>Origin: China </li></ul><ul><ul><li>members of the royal court would admire the beauty of blossoming flowers each spring </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Japan adopted it, but focused more on its short life span </li></ul>
  5. 5. Hanami Festival <ul><li>Sakura was used to divine that year's harvest as well as an announcer of the rice-planting season </li></ul><ul><li>Offerings (sake, festivals and poems) were made to the sakura tree's roots </li></ul><ul><li>Originally practiced by the Imperial court </li></ul><ul><li>sakura was even adopted as a symbol of samurai life </li></ul>
  6. 6. Hanami Festival <ul><li>celebrate with family, co-workers and friends </li></ul><ul><li>most popular locations are parks, castles, temples, and shrines </li></ul><ul><li>People stroll or have a picnic under the sakura trees </li></ul><ul><li>special sakura mochi for the cherry blossom festival </li></ul>
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  14. 14. Tanabata Festival
  15. 15. Tanabata Festival <ul><li>When: SUMMER, July 7 (seventh night of the seventh moon) </li></ul><ul><li>Tanabata Festival = Star Festival or Festival of the Star-Crossed Lovers </li></ul><ul><li>according to a Chinese legend, the two stars Altair and Vega, which are usually separated from each other by the milky way, are able to meet </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>Popular custom : write one's wishes on a piece of paper, and hang that piece of paper on a specially erected bamboo tree, in the hope that the wishes become true </li></ul><ul><li>huge parades with floats, dancers and lots of fireworks. </li></ul><ul><li>lots of stands for food and games, usually set up at local shrines </li></ul><ul><li>Sendai (Miyagi Prefecture) and Hiratsuka (Kanagawa Prefecture) are particularly famous for their elaborate Tanabata displays </li></ul>Tanabata Festival
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