Hanami 2015

Hanami, which literally means “seeing flowers”, is one of the ways Japanese people appreciate nature. In Japan, hanami refers to seeing cherry blossoms (sakura) in full bloom. Many of Japanese families or couples go to parks with their lunch boxes, doing picnic under the sakura trees.

In the past three years, I only had chances to do hanami in Beppu. This year, though, I went to Oita city to capture the beauty of Sakura with my high school juniors (who are now my university juniors as well).

Our first destination was Oita Ruins Castle. This, I must say, is one of the most under-rated sites in Oita, at least for APU students (not only me, right?). Located within walking distance from Oita station, I realized I should have been there for previousĀ hanamis.

We also saw some group of Japanese people having BBQ under the sakura trees.

Next, we headed to Oita River. I had been there before, but never by walking. So that was the first time I felt the fresh air around the river bank. Again, I wondered why I had never been there before.

Well, apart from the fact that I, Insha Allah, will leave Oita soon (which of course makes me sad), I’m so grateful for yet another chance to capture this natural beauty called sakura!

Bonus: some sakura trees I saw earlier at Beppu park


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