A sign in Ueno Park urges visitors to refrain from partying.
Every year during this season, many Japanese people celebrate the cherry blossom festival by drinking sake and singing songs. But last month a big earthquake happened in the Tohoku area and many people were affected.
Because of that, fewer people than usual have been viewing cherry blossoms. Some people say the official term is ‘jishuku’ or ‘voluntary self-restraint’. So they don’t enjoy the cherry blossoms. Others say the best way to show support is to keep the economy moving. Sake brewers have been affected, because fewer people have been enjoying cherry blossom parties with sake.
What do you think about the cherry blossom festival?
Did you view the cherry blossoms this year?