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In Japan, there’s a special word meant just for celebrating nature’s gorgeous display of pink and white cherry blossoms each spring — hanami, which translates to “flower viewing” and means enjoying the beauty of the cherry blossoms. I didn’t really get what all the fuss was about, but after experiencing the glory of the blossoms in full bloom, I now understand why there’s a word and why the Japanese hold special hanami parties under the trees.
Even if you’ve never been to Japan during this festive time of the year, the episode below will make you want to put it at the top of your bucket list. Here’s a look at some of the best places in Tokyo and Osaka to check out this colorful, natural phenomenon.
For more great TPGtv videos in our new, shorter format, check out the first eight videos from our second season:
Dramatic Drone Shots Over Tokyo
Inside Tokyo’s Bizarre Robot Restaurant
7 Dishes You Must Try in Tokyo
Inside the “Lost in Translation” Hotel: Park Hyatt Tokyo
Which is the Best Hyatt in Tokyo: Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt or Andaz?
18 Ways Singapore Suites Will Blow Your Mind
Inside LAX’s Secret Celebrity Lounge
How to Book Singapore Suites in 90 Seconds
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The Points Guy Assessment:
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