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What is Japan's Sakura Season all about?

Sakura, also referred to as cherry blossom, is Japan’s national treasure. An enduring metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life. An aspect of the countries deeply Buddhism influenced cultural tradition.

From the end of March to early May, cherry blossom trees bloom all over Japan, stirring a worldwide craze of admiration. People from all over the world fly to Japan to take part in flower viewing (Hanami).

Hanami is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers, a centuries-old practice of picnicking under a blooming sakura or ume tree. Gathering in great numbers wherever the flowering trees are found, people fill the parks to hold feasts and parties that can go on until late at night. Eating, drinking, playing and listening to music.

The transience and beauty of the blossoms, has often been associated with mortality, the readily acceptance of destiny and karma. However, despite the symbolism of mortality, the bloom goes as fast as it comes. Sakura tends to bloom suddenly by masses, yet lasts for a very little amount of time, with the usual bloom lasting no more than two weeks.

Every year, a cherry blossom forecast, known as “The cherry blossom front” goes live for people to closely follow and track the pattern of the bloom, in order to catch a glimpse of the beautiful flowers.

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