Sakura is one of the most beautiful flowers in Japan. Cherry blossoms in particular are native to Japan, Korea and China.
In Japan, depending on the location, it blooms from late March to early May, with flowers on one tree lasting only two to three weeks. In Okinawa, it blooms in January, and in Tokyo, it blooms in early April.
Cherry blossom trees produce pink flowers, a familiar color in Japanese art. Cherry blossoms are not only important to Japan’s culture, but also have a great economic impact. In the cherry blossom season, products decorated with cherry blossoms appear in stores. Despite the fact that cherry trees have “cherry” in their names, cultivated cherry trees often do not bear fruit.
In Japan, cherry blossoms are so popular that every spring there is a custom called “Hanami,” which is an outdoor party under a cherry tree to celebrate the cherry blossoms.
In Japanese culture, cherry blossoms are associated with the transience of life. That’s because those ephemeral flowers are only in bloom for a short period of time. This is derived from Buddhism and represents a sensitivity to the impermanence of things and an awareness of their beauty.
Interestingly, it has been discovered that the most popular cherry trees are unable to fertilize future generations of trees. The survival of the cherry tree is ensured by planting new specimens every year by a group of avid gardeners. Cherry trees are grown by grafting them onto the roots of other varieties.
Sakura is a cherry tree and its flowers. The little flowers on the cherry tree are not just flowers to the Japanese people, they are symbols of a true country that is closely linked to Japanese culture.
Cherry blossoms only bloom for a week (sometimes 10 days), so it has to do with the fragility of life. This event makes people understand that life is short and that they have to make the most of it and enjoy it.
But each year, spring is also a symbol of renewal, as it marks the end of a cold winter and the beginning of spring. The arrival of spring, which in Japan is also the end of the school year and the end of the school year, is a great time to celebrate the blossoming of the cherry trees with family and friends.
The cherry blossom is so important to the Japanese that it is present in Japanese art, manga, anime, songs, and almost everything else in Japan.
This passion for cherry blossoms is now captivating the world, and you can find all kinds of products made with cherry blossoms (cherry paste, tea, beauty products, etc.) and products with cherry designs (clothes, home decor, almost natural bonsai cherry, etc.).
The word “Hanami” is made up of the Chinese character “花” meaning flower and the word “見” meaning to see. Putting the two together, it means seeing flowers.
Hanami is also known as a very important event for Japanese people. During the cherry blossom season, foreigners from all over the world come to Japan to witness the beauty of nature once-in-a-lifetime.
This is a major event in Japan, mainly in April, when thousands of Japanese and foreigners gather under the cherry blossoms to celebrate the beauty of life.
There are many cherry blossom viewing events throughout the country, but they don’t all take place at the same time. In fact, the cherry blossoms begin in the east of Japan, continue west and end in the northern part of the country. For your reference, Fukuoka blooms around March 23 and Sapporo blooms around May 3. That’s why many festivals are held in Japan from March to May.
One of the most common mistakes that many foreigners, and some Japanese, make is to confuse the cherry blossoms with other similar flowers. Plum blossoms and peach blossoms have five petals, just like cherry blossoms, and even though they have the same color, they are not the same flowers, nor do they bloom at exactly the same time.
So, how do you tell these three flowers apart? It’s “easy” and all you have to do is look at the shape of the petals, the shape of the stems, and when they bloom.
If you look closely, the petals are slightly open, so it’s not like a plum flower or a peach flower. They also have long stems and when they bloom, they look like a bunch of multiple flowers. Cherry blossoms vary in color from white to the beautiful pink that characterizes this particular flower.