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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

Nagoya: Where do you go for hanami and what do you like to do under the cherry blossoms?


By STEPHEN CARR

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Manoj Datta
Assistant professor, 31 (Indian)
I don't have any particular favorite location but I do enjoy cherry blossom viewing. I love the soft hues and pale aura of the flowers. I usually go with a group of half a dozen, and we drink. I take my harmonium, two friends play guitars, we sing country music and have a wonderful time underneath the blooms.

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Karolina Saluk
Student, 15 (Ukrainian)
The place I most like viewing cherry blossoms is Dotoku Park in Minami Ward, where I used to live. I enjoy going there in a group, and it's an activity girls like particularly. I've lived in Japan since I was 5 but I go back to the Ukraine every year, where my boyfriend has no idea of this tradition.

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Niwa Tamiko
Restaurateur, 64 (Japanese)
My favorite place to see the cherry trees is out of town, in Kozoji. The park there is huge and there are hundreds of trees. There are many varieties of cherries, but also lots of plums. When the weather is warm I love to be one of the family groups drinking tea and eating lunch under the trees.

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Ed Drimak
Engineer, 45 (American)
I have never viewed cherry blossoms before! I am on my way to Tsurumai, where there is a big park with lots of cherry trees and, I've heard, a spectacular display. I have the address of a couple — friends of friends who live there —and I'm going to knock on their door and suggest we all do hanami together.

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Natsuki Otowa
Student, 18 (Japanese)
Nagoya Castle is a wonderful location for hanami. The view of the castle and its swooping roofs framed by cherry blossoms is very beautiful. I'm going there tomorrow with a boyfriend for the first time. It could be romantic, but how long we'll stay will depend on the weather. I'm too young to drink, so of course I won't!

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Yuki Sekiguchi
Student, 18 (Japanese)
Recently I went with my family to see the cherry trees in the grounds of Nagoya Castle and enjoyed it a lot. There were people there from other parts of Japan who had come to see this special place, a symbol of Nagoya. I shall go there again, this time with a group from my university, and I'm sure we'll have a great time.

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