Explore calligraphy, origami, bonsai and more in the virtual Hanami Tent.

Hanami (flower viewing) comprises the many activities that one can enjoy while observing the beauty of flowers. Walking through the park or picnicking are popular options for enjoying cherry blossoms in spring. The video presents three additional ways to slow down and appreciate the beauty of simplicity.

Master calligrapher Fusako Fujiki demonstrates how to write the Japanese word 希望 (kibou), or “hope” — this year’s festival theme — in Japanese calligraphy. Her daughter Rei provides information about the history, tools, and techniques of calligraphy. Shizue Fukuda and Mieko Ushijima showcase their sakura flowers and traditional origami figures.