“Hanami” literally means “flower viewing” in Japanese. Although it means mainly cherry blossom viewing nowadays, traditionally “flower” means plum flower. And ancient Japanese people are said to enjoy plum blossom viewing and they wrote many poems about it.
This year the plum flower is blooming a bit earlier than usual, at many places on our bike tour we can enjoy its red and white flower.
Of course, today, cherry blossom viewing is more popular, we are really looking forward it. Recently one weather forecast company issued their cherry blossom forecast. They predict that cherry blossom will bloom on March 25th. in Tokyo. If you want to experience “bike ride & cherry blossom”, the last week of March to the first week of April is the best!!