Ueno Park is a large park (133 acres) in the middle of the city of Tokyo near the Ueno station. It was established in 1873 and attracts millions of visitors (including tourists) every year. The ‘Hanami’ (flower viewing) is very much celebrated in Ueno Park, as will be seen below. Hanami is rooted in the Japanese cultural tradition since more than a thousand years. The modern version is having a picnic (with sake) under blossoming cherry trees. It is so popular that people will ‘reserve’ spots in parks well in advance for their parties. It was a fortunate coincidence that this visitor happened to witness the hanami to its full extent in Ueno Park.
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