One of the most popular activities during cherry blossom (sakura) season in Japan is hanami (flower viewing), the Japanese tradition of gathering under cherry blossoms to eat, drink, view and be merry – an outdoor drinking party or picnic during the daytime or at night.
As you can imagine, the best spots for hanami are very popular, so companies send their newest or youngest employee to save the spot for the rest of the people, like this poor, lonely soul.
Usually, beer and food bought from a nearby konbini are consumed in mass quantities. The picture below was taken at Kitanomaru Park. These guys (salarymen) in suits look like they should be working, no?
Alternatively, others eat in seating areas under cherry blossom trees set up in nearby food stalls as shown in this picture taken at the nearby Yasukuni Shrine (to be the subject of a future blog post) …
… or a more intimate, single table setting taken at the streets beside Meguro River.
Several mothers with their young children gather at a park in Tokyo Midtown, with the baby strollers properly lined up.