Hanami, literally “flower viewing”, is the Japanese tradition of holding parties under cherry blossom trees when they bloom. The term can also apply to plum blossoms that bloom in much colder weather. Cherry blossoms are a symbol of Japanese culture that have been celebrated in countless ways by art, music, literature and film. The format of hanami parties is fairly simple, you lay down a mat under the trees and enjoy snacks and beverages. Hanami ranges from quiet afternoon conversations to large events with entertainment and music.