Hanami is great...until it starts raining.
A sudden and constant downpour dampened the spirits of thousands of cherry blossom revelers at Tsurumai Park at the weekend.
Tsurumai Park is the most lively spot in Nagoya for cherry-blossom viewing and the boisterous, drunken atmosphere is similar to Maruyama Park in Kyoto.
All human life is here: students, salarymen, street sellers, musicians, office ladies, hookers, gangsters, gay cruisers, bosozoku, karaoke crooners, homeless, police officers, performers, foreigners and of course, lots of drunks.
During the cherry-blossom season partying goes on pretty much 24/7, with some people camping out overnight to be sure to bag a spot to place their blue tarpaulin.
The rain, though, does drive away all except the very hard core or very drunk.
Tsurumai subway station (Exit 4) or Tsurumai JR Chuo Line Station.
Japanese Art - byobu screens
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