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What is a cherry blossom?

Cherry tree (cherry tree) is a generic term for deciduous trees of the genus Spider of the Rosaceae family. Sakura is a plant very familiar to Japanese culture and many of the cherry trees planted are ornamental plants in Japan, which is called Soy Yoshino. In English it is common to call the cherry blossoms as cherry blossom, but due to the influence of Japanese culture, there are also many things called "sakura." Sakura's fruit is called Sakurambo or cherry, and it is widely edible all over the world. Currently it is widely distributed mainly in the temperate zones of the northern hemisphere such as Europe, West Siberia, Japan, China, USA, and Canada.

Why Cherry Blossoms?

Sakura (cherry blossoms) are a very special flower to the Japanese. There are some theories and opinions regarding Japanese people's love for cherry blossoms, and here is one of them. In ancient Japan, it was believed that Tano Kami, the god of agriculture, resides in the sakura that scattered during spring. Harvests were foretold by the way that the flowers of the sakura trees bloomed, and preparations for seeds to be sowed were done when the flowers of the sakura trees started to bloom. Also, offerings were made, and feasts honoring sakura trees were held in hopes that there would be a good harvest for the year. These customs were passed down the ages, and it is said that the Japanese people's unconditional love towards sakura stems from this old tradition. In the Heian Period (794~1185), aristocrats often composed songs expressing their love for sakura trees and similarly held feasts as in ancient Japan. Progressively, in the Edo Period (1603~1867), going on vacations during spring became widespread, and both commoners and samurai alike would come together to do hanami together. Crowds would gather under sakura trees and drink together while enjoying the beautiful view of the scattering sakura, and it can be said that the present-day style of hanami was passed down from this era.

Cherry blossom season in Japan: March - April (average value)

Cherry blossoms is dependent on weather conditions such as temperature but in general the blossoms last a week from the first bloom period until its peak.

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