Walking around the streets of New York City is the adventure to rival any adventure; it’s a game of Frogger and a twisted, sprawling maze all in one. You’ve probably seen the postcards and the movies showcasing Times Square in all its brilliance. But don’t be fooled…sometimes, the city can be overwhelming. There are just too many people, too many sounds, and too many smells.
Can you say sensory overload?
Sakura – Cherry Blossoms in Fukui, Japan
Let’s face it. New York is a beautiful adventure, but there will be times when you’ll do just about anything to get the hell out of there. If the homeless man living in the subway doesn’t do it for you, the tourists will.
Welcome to New York.
You sound like you need a vacation already. Traveling to Japan might just be the nice, relaxing getaway you’ve been yearning for.
While you’re there, check out Hanami – an important Japanese custom and event held all over the country during the spring. Hanami literally translates to “viewing flowers”, but the word generally refers to the viewing of cherry blossoms (known as Sakura). The custom dates back to well over 1,000 years ago!
Nowadays, people travel from all around the world to see these beautiful flowers blossom. There are festivals entirely dedicated to the occasion, which generally take place from March to May, although the exact dates can vary depending on the region (some areas have it as early as January or as late as June). There is always competition for the best viewing spots in popular areas around Japan, but if you enjoy small crowds and a quiet, serene environment, you can also just go to any neighborhood park.
To properly celebrate the arrival of spring, many people bring their own home cooked meals or purchase food for a lovely picnic under the trees. However, although the flowers and trees are the main attractions, there are also a variety of traditional Japanese performances that usually accompany the festival. Expect to see tea ceremonies, various arts and crafts and festival vendors selling food and souvenirs.
It sounds like just the adventure you and I need.