A friend very kindly invited me along to his Friday night work-do which involved sitting under the cherry blossoms and drinking large amounts of alcohol. I’ve executive-ly summarised the agenda for you in the following photograph:
Something a little confusing is that the Japanese word for going to view cherry blossoms during the day is hanami, which literally means “flower viewing”. However, if you go and look at cherry blossoms at night, it’s not called “night flower viewing” – it’s called yozakura, “night cherry blossoms”. A small distinction, but unless you know that’s specific word, you’ll forever being saying things like: “So what time shall we leave the the flower viewing that occurs at night?”.
Also, I’m hazy as to if this actually occurred, but I think I mistakenly called the event yozakana on several occasions. Yozakana, however, is not actually a word that exists in the Japanese language. Upon consideration, I can only imagine people were translating it as “night fish”. Luckily, I was never asked what manner of entity a night fish might be.
The park in question was right next to Tokyo Tower too:
If you’re in Tokyo in late March / early April, definitely try to wangle yourself a yozakura invite, and preferably with a big group – the parks are overflowing with people over the cherry blossom season, and there’s power in numbers!