Hanami (花見 lit. “flower viewing”) is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the beauty of flowers, “flower” in this case almost always meaning cherry blossoms (桜 or 櫻 sakura), or ume blossoms (梅 ume).
Here in the great state of North Carolina, though, it would more properly refer to enjoying the beauty of the dogwood trees, which coincidentally bloom at about the same time as the cherry trees in the main part of Japan (and here, for that matter.) When I lived in Japan, I did enjoy the cherry blossoms, but spring didn’t seem quite real without those big white blossoming trees. Behold, below, the joy of spring in NC:
What defines spring for you, either where you are, or where you consider home?