The cherry blossoms have reached peak bloom in Fukuoka!
This is the ACROS Building, one of my favorite landmarks in the downtown area.
I traveled to Kansai the last weekend in March, so I missed hanami with my coworkers. But the first weekend of April, I celebrated sakura season with my roommates.
Eleven of us gathered at Maizuru Koen, which is next to Ohori Koen. There were 11 in our dinner party, which spanned 3 generations!
The members of my share house and their family and friends make up a diverse bunch. Together, we represent the following countries: US (myself), UK, Germany, Ecuador, and of course–Japan!
My landlords are from Saga, but they’ve been living in Fukuoka for over twenty years now. I moved into the house in January. They’ve been great hosts, helping me to retrieve lost luggage when it didn’t make a connecting flight, and most recently–to register a mamachari bicycle that I got second-hand. They also have a small rice field in Saga, and each morning they provide fresh-cooked rice for us. 🙂
For hanami, we enjoyed chirashizushi, sashimi, inari, and what one of my Japanese roommates referred to (in English) as an “explosion of snacks.” I bought Y2,000 worth of tsumami. I now have enough snack food to last me through Golden Week!
It was a warm and windy evening, full of good food, good drinks, good company–and good music! My friend from Ecuador played classic rock songs by Pink Floyd, the Eagles, and others. He also learned a few Japanese songs, which were popular with the people around us. One Japanese man even came to our picnic area to thank him, and he stayed to chat for a few minutes.
Though I’m not much of a singer, I tried my best to follow along anytime I knew the lyrics. That’s me, sitting on the right.
This was my first hanami experience, and it was really lovely. I’m looking forward to enjoying all four seasons in Japan.