It has been raining everyday since last Monday and it've been very cold. I regret very much I wash my long coat. I thought I would write about Ohanami, Japan's "blossom viewing time", however because of this long cold rain, most of the cherry blossoms in Tokyo have alreayd fallen. It was just three days of blooming, like a pink bomb.
Ohanami is a big spring event for the Japanese; in this season there are so many Ohanami sites on the Internet. This year of course there are some good blogs too. and they introduce good spot recommendation, famous spot, weather reports, good recipes (JP) for those Ohanami bento, Cherry blossom special sweets(JP), (AH I love this!) Cherry blossom goods(JP), live cameras etc. You can also find some good Ohanami English sites like this, and this.
I had an Oahanami party with my friends last Sunday. I really enjoyed the full bloom of the SAKURA! And of course we enjoyed a lot of alcohle too!! We mainly we drank canned Chuhai! Chuhai is a kind of Shochu cocktail which blended Shochu + some type of Juice. In the last few years we've had a big shochu boom. Shochu is usually cheaper than Nishonshu, we usually enjoy it "blended with something", and it has fewer calories than some other types of beverages, and many people say thye do not get hangovers from shochu. Unfortunately because of this boom, the price of some shochu brands has risen drmatically. Mori Izo is sold by drawing lots at the brewerey (KURAMOTO). Whoever wins has the regular price sets at less than 4000 yen. But for other online liquor shops, the going rate could be around 35000yen or so!!. Crazy. Shochu is interesting topic, I will write more about it in a Japanese food magazine later.
By the way, during Ohanami I drank a lot of canned chuhai. Calorie is Suntory's chuhai, which has 50% fewer calories than the regular version. Very good stuff. Of course I could drink twice as much as usual because I don't have to w orry over the amount of calories. Ah! Now they has funny TV commercial. Please check it out.