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Japanese love Sakura

This season, you can see “sakura”, cherry blossoms, in many places in Japan. Japanese love sakura, and parties called “hanami” hold under cherry blossomes. Watching and admiring cherry blossoms, people drink alcohol, chat with each other, and enjoy the party.

The parties held by friends are not that difficult, however, the ones held by co-workers are sometimes very difficult. It’s said that the first task for the new company recruits is to hold the party successfully.

To hold the good party, you know, we have to get the good place, position to watch cherry blossoms. Many people actually want to get that place, so the new company recruits must spend the time keeping that place for days.

One more thing, some company order them to organize the party. The new company recruits are tested their planning skill from the order. Organizing the party and keeping the place for the party…it’s a tough job for them…

There are a few phrases about “sakura” in Japan. For example, “sakura saku”, means “I made it!”, is used in the case of reports of the successes for something, such as examinations, graduations, promotions. On the contrary, “sakura chiru”, means “I failed…”, is used in the case of reports of the failures for something.

The most interesting phrase I’ve met is…”sakura hubuki”, means “the cherry blossom blizzard”. The tons of petals of cherry blossoms fly like blizzard. In spite of spring we express it with the words associated with winter.

On the contrary, in winter, we use this phrase “kazahana”, which means “winds and flowers”, when the powder snow on the road are blowed up by winds. It looks like dancing something. I can’t help associating flowers with spring. It’s so interesting.

For Japanese, Spring is the season of encounter and fairwell, so every time people meet with someone new and leave someone, cherry blossoms always watch those happening gently above them.





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