I was sorting my photos from my Japan trip last year and something struck me – cherry blossom season in Japan is EVERYTHING. The trees are omnipresent in over half of my photos, and there’s no denying that it gives the country a slightly romantic appeal, an ephemeral look that is quite difficult to resist.
Every spring time, the nation’s streets, gardens and public buildings and schools are decorated with the beautiful scents and colours of spring. Everything takes on a delicate pinkish hue as the symbolic cherry trees spring into blossom and carpet the ground below in delicate cherry blossom snowflakes.
Apart from being a stunning sight to behold, the significance of the cherry blossom tree in Japanese culture is as old as it is poignant. The beautiful cherry blossom and the shortness of its season is symbolic of life itself, a reminder of how bright and beautiful a life can shine, but also how tragically short it is. It is a reminder to enjoy life while you can, to appreciate both its beauty and its briefness.
I am going to Japan soon again next month, to Tokyo this time round. So i can't wait to see the Sakura season again!
Have you been to Japan during cherry blossom season? What was your favourite sakura spot?
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