A Hanami (Japanese for “flower Viewing”) happened recently in Japan, this being the time of year (late March – early April) that the most important Hanami happens, when the cherry trees blossom.
Excerpt from Wikipedia: From late March to early May, sakura bloom all over Japan. The blossom forecast (桜前線, sakurazensen?, lit. cherry blossom front) is announced each year by the weather bureau, and is watched carefully by those planning hanami as the blossoms only last a week or two. In modern-day Japan, hanami mostly consists of having an outdoor party beneath the sakura during daytime or at night. Hanami at night is called yozakura (lit. “night sakura”). In many places such as Ueno Park temporary paper lanterns are hung for the purpose of yozakura
It is said to be a great time to get together with friends and family to have a feast under the trees and drink some sake and beer together in to the late hours of the night. This is on my list of things to see before I die.
You can find some great pictures here: