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Cherry Blossom In Japan
By Vahan Rickards
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Once a year, for a very short period of time, something wonderful happens in Japan. The Japanese ‘sakura’, or cherry blossom season lasts only 2 weeks, but packs a punch all over the world.
Find out what the blossom signifies, how many kinds there are, and discover the best places to see them, all in this blog.
Where Can I View The Best Blossoms?
It’s no secret that you can view cherry blossoms all over Japan, no matter where you are, but where are the best spots? For just two weeks from the beginning of April, ‘hanami’, or flower viewing, begins all over Japan, so here’s where you need to go. One of the most visited spots in Japan for viewing the blossoms is Hirosaki Castle Park, in Hirosaki. More than a million people flood through the gates to the park, and more than 2,600 blossoming trees can be seen. Another very famous spot is Shinjuku Gyoen, in Tokyo. If you’re early or late by a week or so in viewing the blossoms, this is the park for you. The beauty of this park is that it is home to over 1,000 early and late blooming trees, so no need to worry about missing the show! For a quieter, hidden spot check out Kinuta park
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How Many Types Of Blossoms Are There?
Although the overall term is ‘cherry blossom’ or ‘sakura’, there are actually hundreds of different types of blossom tree. More than 600 types of cherry blossom have been officially counted, each varying in shape, size, colour and petal shape. Aside from cherry blossoms, plum blossoms are also a very common sight, particularly abroad. These blossom and last a bit longer, and have a deeper colour, but still have the same beauty.
Most parks will have at least 200 types of blossom on view, so if you’re interested, look out for different types.
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What Does Cherry Blossom Signify?
For most Japanese, the blossom doesn’t just mean beautiful photos. It signifies the renewal of the year, and reminds locals of mono no aware which is the idea of nothing being permanent. This encourages people to go out with friends, family and colleagues to enjoy the views and take in the fresh spring air. The Japanese school year begins in April, when the sakura bloom, which helps people feel fresh, coming back for a brand new start. In 1912, 3,000 sakura trees were sent from Yokohama to Washington DC as a gift, so this year marks the 109th year of the ‘gift of sakura’. By simply searching ‘cherry blossom near me’, you can find great viewing spots near you, to enjoy a slice of Japan.
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Whether you’re viewing your local blossom or stepping into a Japanese park, make sure you enjoy them, as you’ll only have 2 weeks. If you view and photograph sakura, make sure you show your friends the pictures and teach them something about the beautiful trees and culture behind them!
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