All TopicsNewsTravelAnimeKawaii CharactersKawaii FashionJapanese StationeryMember Spotlight
YumeTwins Kawaii Culture Blog3 Kawaii Hanami Episodes in Anime

3 Kawaii Hanami Episodes in Anime

By Serena
April 21, 2022

Sakura in anime, and no we are not talking about the character, we are talking about the famous flowers that line the streets that lead to every high school in anime and manga during their first day of a new school year. Sakura flowers (cherry blossoms) are a symbol of Japan and also a symbol of temporary beauty, and new beginnings.

These flowers are a mainstay in the slice of life, high school anime genre. How would we even know they were starting a new school year if the main character doesn’t stop to peak up at the cherry blossoms right before being late for the opening ceremony? But besides just panning up to them as our main character runs to school with toast in their mouth, there is another common setting for cherry blossoms, hanami or a flower viewing picnic.

Here are our picks for the top 3 kawaii moments from hanami episodes in anime.

Polar Bear’s Cafe

An anime series that shows a very realistic example of what happens in Japan when the cherry blossoms bloom is the anime Polar Bear’s Cafe (Shirokuma Cafe). Which is surprising since it is a show where 90% of the cast is anthropomorphic animals, so you wouldn’t think it would have a very realistic anything.

In episode two, The Cafe’s Flower Viewing Party, the cherry blossoms start to bloom. Polar Bear, Panda, Penguin, Llama, Sloth, and Ms. Sasako decide to go have a hanami picnic together under the cherry blossoms. Polar Bear brings a picnic blanket and packed bento boxes (lunch boxes) for food and drinks for everyone, which is basically hanami 101. 

Just as Penguin starts to admire the beautiful and temporary nature of the blossoming flowers, everyone gets hungry. This is again an integral part of the hanami experience, both valuing the flowers and all they symbolize, but also being very excited to eat with your friends or family.

It is at this point where Penguin gets annoyed with his friends not appreciating the cherry blossoms enough and begins to drink a lot, which leads to him becoming a quite excitable drunk. At first he wants everyone to sing and dance, and then after that he insists that everyone should lift him into a tree so he can try to fly. When that idea is rejected Penguin decided to confess to the group his feelings for a penguin named Ms. Penko who works at a bakery that he frequents.

Depending on the type of company you keep, this may be a realistic hanami picnic experience for you.

Do you love cherry blossoms and other kawaii Japanese motifs? Check out YumeTwins, the monthly subscription box that delivers branded kawaii items and kawaii culture right to your door. 

The last bit of accurate information about cherry blossoms is the yozakura or nighttime cherry blossom viewing, which is simply seeing the cherry blossoms at night. Early on during the hanami picnic Sloth decides to go to the convenience store for a drink. Due to the nature and speed of sloths, he does not return until night time. Even though everyone else already left, Polar Bear anticipated this and waited for his friend so they could have a yozakura picnic together.

Rilakkuma and Kaoru

Another example of the hanami party and the overall vibe of the hanami season in anime is the Rilakkuma and Kaoru series. Already in the first episode of the series we get an even more realistic look at life during the cherry blossom season in Japan.

As adults it is often hard to meet up with friends due to conflicting schedules and busy lives. On top of that it can also be hard not to compare your life with those around you who you think have ‘made it’ further in life.

These two things collide for our main character Kaoru who is a young business woman living with Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma, and Kiirotori. We see her carefully make hanami bento for her and her friends, prepare a picnic blanket, and head out to find the best hanami spot. Unfortunately, the longer she shits there the more crowded it gets around her. Her friends all eventually bail on her and she is left alone to ponder her life and the meaning of cherry blossoms.

This is realistic because it is often hard to pinpoint exactly when the flowers will bloom and once they do there is a very limited window of only about 2 weeks to see them. Not everyone can easily find time to drop everything and sit under sakura trees for a few hours. Of course for Kaoru this is interpreted as her being left behind as her friends all move on to enjoy their lives without her.

As wonderful as sakura and hanami is, if we ponder life too hard it can lead us down a path of existential crisis. Luckily she has 3 amazing characters in her life who also take her out for yozakura, and to silently let her know they are there for her. 

Free!! Iwatobi Swim Club (Free! Eternal Summer)

This one is not an actual hanami but cute enough to make our list. The show was about a group of friends who grew up swimming together in elementary school and later decided to start a swim club in high school. Comedy and drama ensue, but one moment that is particularly touching involves a scene with cherry blossoms.

The main characters actually had another swimming friend growing up who drifted apart due to his desire to go to the Olympics, among other things. After some fighting…and swimming, the friends eventually come back together to support each other. Even though their relationship is rocky at some times, one character goes out of his way to make a childhood dream come true for his friend.

In the second season of the anime a blindfolded and quite alarmed Rin Matsuoka is led to the roof of Iwatobi High School to witness something that can only be described as breathtaking, a pool of cherry blossoms. In real life, when cherry blossom trees grow near water like a river or a pool, their petals fall in as they mature.

The resulting body of water looks like a dreamy pool of pink. Main character Haruka Nanase had remembered that it was always a dream of Rin’s to see a pool of cherry blossoms and went out of his way to bring his childhood friend to see them.

The moment is touching and it really shows how strong their friendship really is. It also gives fans a chance to see a softer side of Rin who spent the whole first season being very angry.

Source

Learn more about how to have a fun cherry blossom experience and to find out more about hanami and yozakura. So pack up your hanami bento, grab your friends, and load up some of these anime series to feel the sakura season year round, anywhere in the world.

Enjoy Popular Japanese Kawaii Merchandise Every Month!

Starting from $32.50 USD
Get YumeTwins
Author avatar
Serena

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Enjoy Popular Japanese Kawaii Merchandise Every Month!

Starting from $32.50 USD
Get YumeTwins

Related Articles

What is Cosplay? A Look Into Japan’s Unique Pop Culture

May 01, 2022

Apart from sushi and sakura (Japanese cherry blossoms), cosplay is one of the most common terms when referring to Japan.

The Japanese Sailor Moon Experience

March 31, 2022

Ever wonder what you might be missing from Sailor Moon by watching it in English? YumeTwins has your back with the Japanese Sailor Moon experience.

The Best Magical Girl Anime Of All Time: Our Top Picks

March 30, 2022

Mahou Shoujo, or Magical Girl anime, is a staple of J-pop culture recognized by some common tropes…

Things You Miss When You Watch Sailor Moon in English

March 26, 2022

Ever wonder why Sailor Moon’s name is sometimes Usagi and sometimes Serena? Or why she seemed to love weird shaped donuts? Check out what you might have missed watching Sailor Moon in English.

Get to Know the Sailor Scouts Part 2: The Outer Planets

March 22, 2022

In Part 2, learn more about the Sailor Scouts that represent the outer planets as well as Sailor Chibi Moon!

YumeTwins logo

Be a YumeTwins Insider!

Subscribe to our newsletter to receive kawaii news!


Facebook
Instagram

Accepted Payments
Visa payment availableMastercard payment availableAmerican Express payment availableDiscover payment availablePayPal payment available

YumeTwins Logo

Be a YumeTwins Insider!

Subscribe to our newsletter to receive kawaii news!

Facebook
Instagram

Copyright © 2022 YumeTwins™. All Rights Reserved.
Accepted Payments
Visa payment availableMastercard payment availableAmerican Express payment availableDiscover payment availablePayPal payment available