It's springtime in Japan. That means, friends and family gather to sit under cherry blossoms and eat, drink, and be merry. This guy, however, is all alone.

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On Japanese television, people were being asked what time they arrived to get a spot to enjoy hanami (花見) or "cherry blossom viewing."

"I got here a little before 5am," said the guy in the green jacket. "Everyone was like, 'Let's get there at around noon,' but only my meeting time was 5am."

In Japan, the meme is being called "I'm the only one from 5am." (俺だけ5時から or Ore dake 5-ji kara).

The inference is that this guy was sent to claim a good spot while everyone else slept in. The original images have been retweeted nearly seventeen thousand times and, like the lovers in the snow, have spawned a series of fan art, with anime, manga, and video game characters.

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Below, you can see some of the new anime-style art, courtesy of Naver:

Check out more cherry blossom gamer fan art in the links below.

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花見場所取りインタビューのトレス画像まとめ [Naver]

お花見トレス [Naver]

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