This year, cherry blossom season started much earlier than usual due to the much warmer weather. Unfortunately many cherry blossom viewing events (“Hanami“) have been cancelled due to the outbreak of coronavirus but the flowers won’t stop blooming beautifully!
With less tourists seen at parks and gardens, the sight of the beautiful pink colours of Cherry Blossoms (“Sakura“) against spring’s blue sky would be hopefully giving locals peace and hope.
Do you know why “Sakura” is so special for Japanese people? It is a very important part of Japanese culture and traditions. Cherry blossoms are a symbolic flower of spring, a time of renewal, and the fleeting nature of life. Sakura’s life is very short – it usually peaks around two weeks only. Originally used to divine the year’s harvest, Sakura came to embody the Wabi-Sabi philosophy and the shinto ideals of impermanence. Apart from these meanings, Sakura is simply beautiful and many people enjoy its radiant and delicate beauty.
People excitedly wait for the news of the first blossom and plan for hanami – flower viewing. Hanami is usually enjoyed under cherry blossom trees eating, drinking and chatting with friends, colleagues and family. Parties are held either on weekends or evenings to enjoy “yozakura” (evening cherry blossom) as popular parks are beautifully lit. The tradition can be traced back at least a thousand years.
Blossoms starts from late March to early May throughout Japan. You don’t need to go to major destinations to enjoy the flowers as trees are planted throughout the country.
Let’s hope that the world will become a safer place to travel for the next Sakuraseason!
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