Hanami, as witnessed yesterday at Brooklyn Botanical garden, is not just confined to Japan. The Cherry Esplanade was packed by early afternoon with people enjoying this custom. It actually looked a little odd to see so many people not on the lawn but jammed under the pink cloud of flowers - usually in the earlier days of warm weather, most people prefer to sit or lie directly in the sun. Some were engaged in conversation or absorbed in a book. Some were lost in in a private world of their own thoughts and daydreams. The modern variation were the cellphones and laptops and digital cameras. All were under the ancient spell of the the cherry blossoms.