Come see the cherry trees of a water constellation
and the round key of the rapid universe,
come touch the fire of instantaneous blue,
come before its petals are consumed
Cherry blossom fever is on its way! Japan's first cherry blossom forecast for 2021 was issued on January 14. It's not long now until the sakura-loving nation is decked out in pastel pink. Here's what you need to know about one of the most famous events around!
Japan is known around the world for its cherry blossom known as hanami in Japanese, cherry blossom festivals are an important custom and are held all over Japan during the spring. If you are planning a trip, here's what you need to know about this Hanami Festival.
Hanami literally means "viewing flowers," but it generally indicates cherry blossom viewing
The Symbolic Significance of the festival
Because cherry blossoms are beautiful and fleeting—the blooms often last no more than two weeks—they have become symbolic of the impermanence of beauty. Cherry blossoms are often featured in works or art and even tattoos to depict the Japanese concept of mono no aware, the wistful realization that "nothing lasts forever."
Hanami is the ancient tradition of going to enjoy the blooming of cherry blossoms (sakura) and sometimes plum blossoms (ume) in parks and throughout the countryside in Japan. The most popular kind of Japanese cherry tree, sakura, can be found all over the country.
Gorgeous flowers are the main attraction at the cherry blossom festivals, but there are a variety of traditional Japanese performances presented during these festivals. You might want to consider joining a tea ceremony held under the cherry trees; it can be quite the memorable experience.
It's also fun to patronize festival vendors who sell various foods and souvenirs, such as regional crafts and specialty food from the region.
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