Throughout Japan, spring is the time for a custom known as ˇ°hanamiˇ±, or cherry blossom viewing, which involves passing the time under or near cherry blossom trees to appreciate their beauty while picnicking and enjoying ˇ°sakeˇ±. The mild temperatures just after winter has given way to spring make this the most comfortable season of the year. In NAGASAKI, there are a huge number of choice locations where ˇ°hanamiˇ± can be enjoyed.