Every year when the cherry blossoms bloom in the spring, Japanese people come out in droves to drink and eat beneath the trees. It's called "ohanami", and it's one of my favorite Japanese traditions. This year I got to do a few hanami in various places around Tokyo with my new coworkers and friends. Here's my review of a few of the popular spots we visited:
Ueno is a great park to spend the day in, with lots of fun things to do, and they set up a number of food stalls and street entertainers during the hanami season. Unfortunately, as you can see in the photo above, it's pretty crowded and Ueno doesn't have many good places to sit and have a picnic. Most people just put tarps down on the side of the sidewalks. I wouldn't recommend Ueno for a traditional sit-down hanami, but it was very nice to eat some festival food and go visit the zoo while admiring the sakura.