Sakura in Japan
Otherwise known as cherry blossom season, Sakura is definitely a bucket list thing to see! All the peachy pink and white blooms covering the trees…and then when they begin to fall—that’s magical too!
Cherry Blossoms are the National flower of Japan. Sakura – Those pale blooms are more than just a symbol of Spring but also stands for renewal and hope. Cherry blossoms are said to be natives to the Himalayas.
Did you know?
The Japanese loved the cherry blossoms so much, that they turned it into an ice cream flavor.
Its tradition to picnic beneath these cherry blossoms in Japan. The century-old custom is known as “Hanami” which means flower viewing. Early scripture hints that the tradition began with emperors and members of the Imperial Palace. “Hanami” picnics are arguably more spectacular at night. For these late-night picnics, known as “yozakura,” the Japanese hang paper lanterns in cherry blossom trees to illuminate them.
While cherry blossom season usually lasts about a month, from the time the first to the last tree blooms, each individual tree may only flower for about a week. Trees usually live for 30 to 40 years. An average Japanese cherry tree is around 25 feet tall, while some can grow to 50 feet tall with a 40-foot wide canopy.
So when do they bloom?
The largest factor in determining the timing of the cherry blossoms is geographical location. Generally, the milder the climate, the earlier the blossoms open. They usually open as early as January and last till late as May. In major cities including Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, the cherry blossom season takes place in early April.
The best spots in popular cities:
- Ueno Park
- Shinjuku Gyoen Garden
- Maruyama Park
- The Philosopher’s Path
- Mt. Yoshino
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Author : Raji Umapathy