20 MARCH 2023

Cherry Blossom Season Begins in Japan


sakura season announcement

The Japanese government has officially announced the arrival of its annual cherry blossom season.

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the duration

Cherry blossom season typically lasts for about two weeks in Japan, usually starting from late March to early April, depending on the location and climate.

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early bloomer

This season, which usually starts in late March to early April, came a bit early this year due to warm weather. 

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japanese cultural symbol

Sakura or cherry blossom is Japan's national flower and holds special significance in Japanese culture, representing the beauty and fleeting nature of life.

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famous sakura spots

The most famous cherry blossom spots in Japan include the Ueno Park in Tokyo, Mount Yoshino in Nara and Himeji Castle in Hyogo.

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Hanami, or flower viewing, is a popular during the cherry blossom season, where people gather under the blooming trees with family and friends to enjoy picnics.

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Many Japanese companies and schools organize cherry blossom viewing parties with colleagues, friends, and family, usually involving food and drinks.

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a close watch

In Japan, the cherry blossom forecast is closely monitored by the Japan Meteorological Corporation, which provides updates on the blooming flowers.

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the two varieties

Some popular cherry blossom varieties in Japan include Somei Yoshino, which has pale pink flowers, and Yamazakura, which has deep pink flowers.

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sakura festivities

Some local festivals and events during the season include, the Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival in Aomori and the Kitakami Tenshochi Sakura Festival in Iwate.

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food & drink

Cherry blossom-themed food and drinks are also popular, including sakura mochi, sakura-flavored tea, and sakura-inspired cocktails.

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The cherry blossom season is a busy time for tourism in Japan, and it is recommended to book accommodation and transportation well in advance.

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