The end of March marked the beginning of 2019 Sakura season in Tokyo and citizens are getting ready for hanami🌸(sakura viewing parties). Tourists also want to experience hanami but some don't know the proper etiquette, as media outlets are reporting on their bad behavior😳
So, let’s talk about the Do's and Don'ts of viewing Cherry Blossoms😏
. ❌DON’T TOUCH THE TREES
In recent years, the numbers of tourists to Japan have been dramatically increasing. However, not all of the visitors understand the rules of the country. Japanese news broadcasts have reported on the foreigners climbing sakura trees for the perfect photo and eventually breaking some of them because the trees are quite fragile🤦🏼♀️
Also, avoid shaking the trees to make the petals fall, yes it’s beautiful, but ruins the already short hanami season for others☹️Furthermore, besides their fragility, cherry trees are susceptible to bacteria from humans🦠🥺
. ❌DON’T BE TRASHY
Japanese people are known around the world for keeping their country clean, even during outdoor gatherings, where it's sometimes hard to find bins😂 Probably some people feel that having no bins around might mean throwing your trash anywhere you please. This attitude is definitely not acceptable in Japan😏 So collect all your trash and throw it away when we find a bin!✌🏼
. ❌DON’T TAKE UP SPACE
Since hanami is a very popular activity, it might be hard to get a space to sit if you come late - that’s why arrive early to save the spot for yourself and your friends😄and take only as much space as you need for your group!
. ❌DON’T GO OVERBOARD
Of course it's fine to drink (it's basically a Japanese tradition to drink with friends and family, relaxing under the flowers), but please control yourself😊 Also, be aware of the noise your group is generating🌸
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