SO the thing to do here in the spring is ...of course... go flower viewing (or hanami as it is called in Japanese). Basically the idea is that you go hang out in a park (that has lots of cherry blossoms) with your closest (and not closest) buds and get completely blitzed in the park. Thats what I call a holiday. Companies also are highly involved in this holiday. I kid you not when I say that Japanese companies send the lower peons down to the park in the earliest hours of the morning to grab the 'best' spots to get stupidly drunk and inappropriate with their workmates. The big bosses then can saunter down any time they like to view the lovely blossoms floating down from the trees with a whisky bottle in one hand and Ms Kimura's (the accounting ladies) thigh in the other. Our version was definitely a little tamer. Here are some pics.