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Some people dream of running with the bulls in Pamplona, others yearn to experience the carnival in Rio de Janeiro. My dream destination? Japan, during those few weeks each spring when the cherry trees are in bloom and people gather to celebrate Hanami. Hanami is an age-old celebration and translates quite literally as “flower viewing”. More particularly, the viewing of sakura, or cherry blossoms.

And this is one of the reasons I’m in love with the idea of Hanami; it is so wonderfully zen. Thousands of people coming together to “enjoy the beauty of flowers”? Yep, beautiful! Of course, as is the case with most festivals, most people actually come for the food and drinks and fun and not only to gaze at cherry blossoms for hours on end, but still… And of course, cherry blossoms are almost painfully, perfectly beautiful. I would absolutely love to go sometime.

Do you have any dream destinations?

Photo is linked to its source and remixed by me.