Sakura Omatsuri 桜お祭り

Deutsche Version:

In den letzten Tagen ist dann doch einiges passiert. Am Montag des 28. Märzes sind ich und Hiro (ein Freund aus Japan) zum Mt. Aso und Kumamoto gefahren (Beiträge folgen noch). Jetzt solls erstmal um das titelgebende Sakura Omatsuri (Kirschblütenfest) gehen, was ein wichtiges Ereignis in der japanischen Kultur ist. Aber als ob das noch nicht genug sei, habe ich noch zwei weitere Rubriken erstellt, zum einen ‚Kulinarisches aus Japan‘ und ‚Kinobesuche in Japan‘ welcher unter dem Reiter Reisen –> 11 Japan 2016/17 eingesehen werden können. In letzterer steht bereits der erste Beitrag. In ersterer Rubrik habe ich mit der Mutter aller Nudelsuppen angefangen, weitere werden selbstredend zur gegebenen Zeit folgen =).
Derzeit wwoofe ich, nicht auf ner Farm wie ich zuvor dachte, sondern in einem Onsen-Spa! Heisst, dass ich täglich ein schönes Bad nehmen kann und nebenbei die klare Luft der Berge einatme. Zudem mein japanisch verbessere und Kosten spare. Im Prinzip nur Dinge die mir zugute kommen =). Allerdings habe ich kein Internet in meiner Bude, weshalb ich nur alle paar Tage mal online kommen kann. Beim nächsten Mal wirds dann wahrscheinlich den Rest der Beiträge geben, die noch fehlen. Bis dahin, viel spass beim lesen =).

English Version:

In Japan the time of the cherry blossom is a big event for everyone. Even in the daily news, they will show you where and how far the Sakura bloomed already and where to go to have the best spot. The blooming starts in the south of Japan (Kyushu) around mid to end of March, depending on the temperatures. If there is too much of cold air, coming from the north, then the blooming will delay until the warm air from the south reaches the Japanese islands.

About 2 months later the cherry season finally reached the high north of Japan, Hokkaido. Once started there will be heaps of people in the public parks in search for potential places to sit down at, and have a picnic with friends and family or even some BBQ. Everyone tries to get the best spot, either with the best view, or below the nicest Sakura-tree. Accompanying this event, several food booths (Yatai) will be around in the parks where one might buy some Japanese fast food, usually, some sweets, Takoyaki (Octopus balls), Ramen or other noodle soups. But even western fast food, like fries, Burgers or even Kebab can be purchased. The price of the food is alright and the quality too.

This year I experienced the cherry blossom festival in Fukuoka first, despite the fact that the trees weren’t that far by then. Not many blossoms had flowered, but the trees where already covered in a light but beautiful and distinct pink. Nevertheless, was this no hindrance to celebrate and drink. I would say there doesn’t need to be a reason to socialize and especially drink to ones hearts contents :D. In my opinion the castle ruins area in Fukuoka might be the very best spot for the Ohanami. From up the stone wall levels one has a great overview about the area and the lower lying cherry trees. Especially during the night, when everything is lightened and people enjoy the most, it is rather a magical atmosphere. Everything seems to be alright, and one feels refreshed breathing in the fresh spring air mingled with the sweet smell of the cherry blossoms.

Shortly after that, I went with a Japanese friend to Mt. Aso and Kumamoto-City, where the cherry trees were supposed to be much further ahead, compared to the ones in Fukuoka. And it was true! Every tree was already in full bloom and the area around Kumamoto Castle had a really beautiful setting, hence I made heaps of awesome photographs and enjoyed my time there to the utmost. Despite that there weren’t that many people who made picnic and BBQ, but many visitors who enjoyed the castle and the cherries nonetheless. Even here I spent some parts of the night to have the opportunity of great sceneries and to enjoy an unforgettable time.

Currently I am wwoofing at a mountain onsen spa! Which enables me to hop into the onsen every day and lets me enjoy this traditional bath! Unfortunately I do not receive internet in my little Hut, just at my hosts home, thus I can only go online every couple of days. However do I enjoy my time a lot here! Everyone is so nice and helpful, when it comes to hone my japanese knowledge.
See you soon, with Blogposts to Mt. Aso and Kumamoto!

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