Hanami Memories with Yo Matsuzaki
Words by Susan Able, Photos by Hannah Hudson
Zenten’s Chef Yo Matsuzaki shared a traditional bento box that is typical of hanami in Japan. When we asked for his own memories of hanami in Japan, he laughed. Why? According to Yo, it’s one of the best times of the year to drink alcohol outside—whether it is with your grandmother or your friends—and the only time of the year it is allowed. So at least when the cherry trees blossom, officials look the other way and almost every hanami gathering has saki or Japanese beer in abundance.
Chef Yo grew up on the island of Shikoku, in southern Japan, and whether it is Shikoku or Tokyo, every season had its unique Japanese festivals: Summer had beer gardens, the fall had harvest street fairs and the most important holiday, New Year’s (Shogatsu) takes place January 1 to … Read More