Admiring the cherry blossom is an ancient and extraordinarily beautiful tradition. Despite the fact that many cities around the world also plant cherry trees, tourists from all over the world come to Japan every year to see the traditional festival with their own eyes and feel the unique atmosphere. It is impossible to recreate what the Japanese have been working on for hundreds of years. It turns out only pathetic copies. Japan’s unique culture, worldview and sense of beauty have given the world the original Hanami party.
In Japan, there is a tradition of admiring flowers — Hanami. This includes not only Sakura, but also other plants: Japanese plum, lily of the valley, tulips and even sunflowers.
The Hanami tradition appeared in the 3rd century. It is believed to have been founded by the Emperor, who was very fond of picnics under flowering trees.
The Japanese have been recording cherry blossom dates for 1,200 years. These recordings give an overview of the evolution of the climate on our planet.
Last year, cherry trees in Kyoto bloomed on March 26. It never happened so soon.
The flowering period in different regions is very short, on average it takes 7-10 days. But since in Japan there is quite a big difference in climate between the northern and southern parts of the country, the total flowering period can be up to 3 months.
It happens that due to bad weather the petals fly already on the 5th day
Sakura is one of the national symbols of Japan. His image is very often used in traditional Japanese art, as well as in modern mass culture.
The Japanese associate the fleetingness of the cherry blossom with the fleetingness of human life.
There are no days off in the country on the occasion of the flowering of the cherry blossoms. Yet these days, life in the country seems to come to a standstill. The Japanese try to postpone all their belongings and go to the nearest park.
A small picnic with friends and relatives in the park is the most popular activity during Hanami
The best place in Tokyo and maybe in the whole country is Shinjuku-Geen Park. There are 75 different types of Sakura growing here.
In the vicinity of Mount Fujiyama, there is a “Five Lakes” park complex, where you can enjoy cherry blossoms and admire the view of Japan’s most famous mountain, as it was once done by ancient people. samurai
It is also worth visiting the ancient capital of Japan — Kyoto. Along the city stretches a canal on the banks of which grow cherry trees.
Later, cherry trees bloom on the island of Hokkaido. Sapporo, the largest city on the island, has beautiful parks.
Now Sakura is planted in many cities around the world. You can admire its flowering in Uzhgorod, Amsterdam and Chicago. But, in any case, it is better to visit Japan one day.
Hanami doesn’t just like people!