Cherry Blossom Watching Exhausts Japanese Workers

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Employees who consider the cherry blossoms as a work event appear to disagree with the general consensus that seeing the cherry blossom in Japan is a must-do activity in April.

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In addition, the research arm of Tokyo-based employment consultancy Laibo Inc., Job Soken, recently launched an online survey to find out how Japanese workers feel about “hanami,” or witnessing cherry blossom at work. About 60% of respondents to the study, which included 606 respondents in their 20s to 50s, said they would prefer not to participate in such activities because they perceived them as “work.”

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Furthermore, the findings showed that even in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, there still appears to be a strong desire to prevent workplace hanami incidents.

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The most often given reason for not wanting to participate in hanami was “I want to prioritize my private life,” according to 51.4% of respondents. The next choices were “I don’t want to use my day off” (47.6%) and “I am tired of paying attention to others” (40.5%).

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Additionally, about 60% of the respondents said that hanami was “definitely work,” “work,” or “somewhat work.”

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Age-group analysis revealed that respondents in their 40s were the most likely to “do not want to participate” in hanami with their coworkers, at 69.5%, while respondents in their 20s were the least likely, at 55.3%. This suggests that younger generations are generally more likely to attend these kinds of events. The percentages for those in their 30s and 50s were 60.5% and 60.3%, correspondingly.

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The Mainichi reported that Masakazu Hori, head of Laibo’s communication strategy department, stated that many working people are tired of interacting with others at work through hanami.

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