O Hanami (April)
Cherry blossoms are considered a symbol of spring in Japan and when the trees are covered in beautiful pink blossoms, people gather together for picnics underneath them, in a tradition known as O Hanami (Cherry Blossom Viewing).
In this lesson, students will learn about the customs and activities associated with O Hanami and compose haiku poems using their own thoughts about spring and nature.
- To learn about the customs and activities associated with O Hanami (Cherry Blossom Viewing) in Japan.
- To identify and discuss seasonal words and ideas about Spring.
- To apply seasonal vocabulary and practise use of the present tense to produce haiku poetry.
- O Hanami Lesson Plan (PDF)
- O Hanami Background Notes (PDF)
- O Hanami Presentation (PPTX)
- Worksheet - Sakura Template (PDF)
Activity Pack - suitable for both classroom and home learning
- Worksheets - Writing Haiku (PDF) Designed by Haiku Poet Paul Conneally
- Video - How to Haiku: Beyond 5 7 5