The beautiful cherry blossoms in Japan.
Japan is an island nation in East Asia. It is a beautiful country, which is a combination of nature and industries blend in one. Japan has advanced technology, yet people have learned to interact equally with nature. Apart from its other attractions, the cherry blossoms are a beautiful treat for the people. Moreover, the blossoms will make you feel like watching a painting. They are cited as a symbol of the transient nature of life.
Sakura- The cherry blossoms.
Sakura is the Japanese word for cherry blossoms. It blooms across Japan from March to May every year. People eagerly wait for the winter to get over, so that they can experience this beautiful treasure. Tokyo is the first city to experience the blossoms. The flowers finishes with a late bloom in Northern Hokkaido in May.
The cherry blossom sweeps along the length of the country each year, beginning with Okinawa in the far south in February and working its way along Japan to northern Hokkaido in May. There are several factors, that can affect, once the cherry blossom blooms. Firstly in extreme winter, the flowers blooms late. Secondly, a little mild weather can prevent them from blooming. Finally during heavy rain, the cherry trees drop their petals much quicker than otherwise. For this reason, the forecast is followed avidly throughout the season!
The season of Hanami– flower viewing.
This is the most relaxing period for Japanese. They come out on public places, where the flower blooms. They create a party like atmosphere by conducting picnics or festivals. For a tourist who is lucky enough to visit Japan during this phase will get a chance not only to explore the beauty of nature but also enjoy Japanese culture.
The most popular Hanami spots are city parks, landscaped gardens and also along the banks of rivers. Celebrating the arrival of cherry blossoms are very important for a Japanese. In this regard, Hanami is also an office affair. The companies even pay their staffs to conduct office Hanami.
Historical significance of cherry blossoms and Hanami.
Historically cherry blossoms were very important. Because it announced the rice planting season. Hanami was also celebrated in the past. Furthermore the Japanese in the past believed that the Sakura trees had spirits. So they worshiped the trees by offering rice wine.
Sakura themed products.
Merchandising has reached nature. Such is the craze that, now cherry blossom themed products are sold during those days. There are Sakura themed food and drinks, alcohol and even Starbucks Latte. Shoes, outfits and also weddings have sakura themes.
Hence visiting Japan should be a must visit for every traveler. Apart from cherry blossoms, there are several beautiful attractions to make your trip memorable.
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