In Japan cherry trees and their blossoms in Japan, known as sakura are considered to have great cultural meaning and significance. Throughout history, the cherry blossom has represented the fragility and beauty of life. It reminds us that life is incredibility beautiful but undeniably short. For a short time cherry blossom trees bloom with their remarkable vigour, followed by the inevitable fall to the ground. For the Japanese this natural cycle shows how precious and precarious human life is.
Every year the Japanese people eagerly anticipate the blossoming of the thousands of cherry trees in the country. In the spring season when the trees start to bloom they celebrate with festivals. Traditionally these festivals involved outlandish entertainment with folk music being prominent. However in modern times the festivals comprise of concerts and musical activity in general takes place all over the country. Children enjoy streets lined with rides and games and Kimono shows and flower displays are also part of the festivals.
Part of the cherry blossom festival is flower watching know as Hana-mi which stems from Chinese culture. It is thought to be spiritually revitalising activity where you will find large groups of friends and families gathered around cherry blossom trees enjoying picnics and the beauty of the blossoms.