This year's hanami picnic was postponed a week due to bad weather on the original date. This may have lead to the smaller than usual turn out, but none the less we had a great time enjoying some lovely food catered by Yoshi Sushi and Bento, along with some beautiful bentos made by members who had attended the bento class several weeks earlier.
Ms Fujimoto, the Director of the Japanese Information and Cultural Centre, was the judge, and chose the best bento based on appearance of taste, colour, and bonus points for Sakai/Hanami theme. The winning bento was produced by Natalie McTeigue, who took home a bento box and bag ordered from Japan.
This event was a great way to enjoy the early spring while learning a bit more about Japanese food traditions.