Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

How to Hanami

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

How to Hanami

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What you need to know to Hanami like a Nihon no neitibu (Japanese native):

* Reserve a picnic spot in advance with a plastic sheet or, even better, a rush Goza mat. "As a straw mat is thicker than a plastic sheet, the wet or uneven ground will not bother you much," JAPAN Monthly Web Magazine says. But an unattended Hanami blanket is not as sacred as a Pittsburgh parking chair. Someone needs to sit there until the party starts, and reserving a larger space than you need is impolite.

* Get approval in advance to have a Hanami. "There are places, including parks and campuses, where a party is not allowed even if there are many cherry trees," the magazine warns. Meg Scanlon, an interpretive naturalist at North Park's Latodami Environmental Education Center, said no advance approval is needed in Allegheny County parks, but you cannot picnic on the golf course, a ball field or close to a shelter rented by someone else. …

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