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by Keith Ng
published by Leftover Press
The title, Hanami Aoyama 花見青山, refers to the tradition of hanami - literally "flower viewing", where people gather and celebrate under cherry trees during blossom season, engaging in festive meals and bouts of drinking. Sakura (cherry blossoms), due to their relatively short lifespan, are seen to symbolize the fleeting nature of life, and often planted in cemeteries. This book is set in Aoyama Cemetery, which was a popular destination for such parties. But as the drinking and festivities overwhelmed the peacefulness of the cemetery, parties were outlawed in 2009.
- hardcover: 76 pages