Hanami is an ancient Japanese tradition. Literally translated it means “flower viewing” or more specifically – cherry blossom viewing. It is typically celebrated from the end of March to the beginning of May when cherry blossoms bloom all over Japan. As with many traditions in Japanese culture, there is a deep hidden meaning for the celebration of the cherry blossom. The blossoms short-lived blooms signify the transient and fleeting nature of beauty and life in general. Encouraging us to be more mindful of the present moment, to savour things while they last but also to be able to let things go.
Hanami is traditionally celebrated by spending more time outdoors. In the daytime, many take picnics under the cherry blossom trees to share and celebrate with friends and family, viewing and immersing in the beauty of the blossoms over several hours. At nighttime, people take beers or sake to drink under the trees and some even bring karaoke sets for a cheerful and fun-loving gathering. The food eaten at Hanami parties is called Hanami Bento and typically consists of sushi rolls, pink & white fishcakes and Japanese omelette.
Here in the UK, blossom signals the beginning of spring – warmer weather, longer days and new life and growth. After what seems to have been an extremely long winter with restrictions on our lives as a whole, spring seems to be more welcomed than ever before. Take time out today to notice the blossoms in your area, whether it’s the cherry blossom in the city or hawthorn or damson bush in the countryside. Spending a few moments to appreciate the fleeting nature of life and to soak in the present moment.
Buy Japanese Garden Stone
To create a garden to promote daily mindfulness and to really emulate ancient Japanese traditions in your own living space. Take a look at our Japanese garden section. Here you will find triads, boulders, zen gravel, benches, stepping stones and water features to create your own bespoke zen garden for overall wellbeing.
Granite Boulder GB8 Decorative Stone
Granite Boulder GB8 is a medium feature piece that would make a real statement in any garden design. The colours and texture of the stone vary between green, quartz and white which nicely reflect natural elements and tones. There is also some nice craggy detailing on this decorative stone.
XL Stepping Stones XLS01
XL Stepping Stones XLS01 are hand picked from the quarry and carefully split to produce a lovely natural finish. These are perfect for use in creating pathways in gardens or carefully placed leading up to a zoned area or focal point. Benefiting from a smooth flat finish on one side with a more natural rustic finish on the other, they can be laid either way. Full of natural rustic tones, they will go slightly darker when wet.
XL Stepping Stones XLS02
Triad of Stones TS05
Triad of Stones TS05 features three complementary tall slimline standing stones for arrangement in a landscaping project. Ideally suited to a contemporary or Japanese themed setting, these slender obelisks of real Welsh slate will bring subtle texture to any outdoor space.
Triad of Stones TS03
Triad Of Stones TS03 has been crafted for placement in a Japanese or Zen garden design. Selected by Welsh hands in a Welsh quarry, this set of 3 standing stones have been chosen for their complementary textures and shapes. Perfect for creating a balanced and harmonious outdoor space.
Japanese Monolith JM11 Standing Stone
Japanese Monolith JM11 is a beautiful standing stone, hand crafted from real Welsh Slate and perfect as a focal point in a zen garden design or landscaping project. The flat face lends itself well to carving a house name, a phrase, symbol or as a memorial plaque.