March and April in Japan are synonym with sakura (cherry blossoms) and hanami. Hanami literally means “flower viewing” (花 hana, flower; 見 mi, view). Although it can refer to any flower, it’s usually associated with sakura. When these flowers are in season, people of all ages from everywhere around the country get their blue picnic mats and head for the parks to do hanami. This spring, I was lucky enough to experience hanami and sakura in Tokyo and other places in Japan. This is a truthful chronology of the events that made me become a sakura-otaku.