Wednesday, April 05, 2006


The tale of Hiromi and the o-hanami

An unemployed man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of receiving money in return for holding a place for cherry blossom viewers in Ueno Park, Tokyo, The Yomiuri Shimbun learned Saturday.

The Metropolitan Police Department said they arrested Hiromi Fukuda, 55, of no fixed address, on suspicion of violating a Tokyo ordinance against disturbing the peace. It is rare for people to be arrested for holding a blossom-viewing spot, the MPD said.

The MPD said Fukuda and some homeless friends were drinking in a 13-square-meter area of Ueno Park on Wednesday morning. When Fukuda spotted someone looking for a place to view the cherry blossoms, he reportedly sold the spot for 1,000 yen. But Fukuda told the MPD he had been asked to hold the spot.

Tokyo's finest nab man for 'selling' hanami spot
The Yomiuri Shimbun, Apr. 2, 2006

God damn- the yadonashi just can't catch a break these days.

Cultural notes:

1. It is currently the o-hanami season. Across Japan, the cherry trees are blossoming and a lot of people go to have picnics in blossom-rich areas. The sight of hundreds of Japanese (often still in their work clothes) getting drunk under the trees, somehow adds to the beauty of the spectacle.

2. 1000 yen is absolutely dirt cheap for a good blossom-viewing spot. Even if it does smell like homeless people.

3. Hiromi is a girl's name.


damn, dun. you beat me to the punch. wanted to post this article but i threw out the paper. fuck it. you remember that OB named Hitomi from Ol' Sumi, right?
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