Picture of the Day: Cherry Blossoms in Japan
The annual blooming of cherry blossoms (sakura) in Japan is one of the country’s most popular cultural events. The blossoming begins in Okinawa in January and typically reaches Kyoto and Tokyo at the end of March or the beginning of April. It then proceeds into areas of higher altitudes and northward, arriving in Hokkaidō a few weeks later. Much of the country pays close attention to the sakura blooming forecasts and turn out in large numbers at parks, shrines and temples around the country. [source]
In Japan, the traditional custom of enjoying the beauty of flowers in bloom is known as Hanami. In most cases it refers to cherry blossoms (“sakura”) and sometimes plum blossoms (“ume”).
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