Not only do people picnic and photograph the arrival of cherry blossoms but they also enjoy traditional dancing to celebrate the arrival of blossoms. Here are some of the dancers I saw walking along the river in Sumida Park a some cherry blossoms I saw there. Pay attention to the women in white with the pointed headdresses- they are dancing at a rapid pace with their sandals pointed forward the whole time – amazing balance – the guys just wear socks!
TIP OF THE DAY – what to buy in Japan that won’t cost an arm and a leg
If you are on a tight budget then the larger cities in Japan may not be your best bet – it is very expensive for virtually anyone visiting from any country (except possibly the Swiss!) so bargains are limited – best to spend your budget on food and sightseeing. However Japanese products are worth taking a look at. I love Onitsuka Tiger trainers and bought two new pairs – well under AUD100 and they have a very wide choice of colours. I would also recommend visiting the local brand drugstores that stock all sorts of cheap and excellent quality make up and skincare – I recommend Heroine mascara (plus their special eye make up remover) – it really does not smudge; the drugstore Shiseido range – much cheaper than department store version especially Miracle Whip make up remover and anything by Kose but especially their beautifully packaged oil reducing mini sheets. And finally a multitude of face masks in individual packets which are excellent and convenient for travel.