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Spring Cherry Blossoms

April 4, 2013
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An abundance of soft pink Japanese Cherry (Sakura) blossom throughout the country marks the opening ceremony of Spring in Japan.

An abundance of soft pink Japanese Cherry (Sakura) blossom throughout the country marks the opening ceremony of Spring in Japan.

Japanese Cherry Blossom trees keep no secrets when Spring season arrives in Japan!  The trees erupt into a brief, but amazingly beautiful display of flowers.

Spring’s opening ceremony starts in the South of Japan in late March to early April, depending on the year, and moves North in tandem with the warm Spring air that sweeps over the country to displace Winter weather systems.

Cherry Blossom flowers at 60% opening.

Cherry Blossom flowers at 60% opening.

The delicate beauty and sheer abundance of blossom trees covering Japan is nothing short of amazing!

For the period of only a week and a half in any one area, the landscape is transformed and dominated by a wonderland of cotton-topped trees.  The sight sparks a carnival like atmosphere in many cities and parks at this time of year as the Japanese people emerge from their Winter hibernation and organize parties and activities to coincide with flower viewing (hanami – lit: flower see).

As the first green leaves emerge from buds along the cherry tree branches later in the bloom period, soft petals are displaced by puffs of wind and flutter through the air like flurries of snow.  Blankets of soft pink petal layer the ground.  It is a beautiful sight.

Japanese Cherry blossom trees are from the Genus Prunus.  Numerous varieties of Cherry tree exist and many of the cultivates do not produce any fruit.  The trees span Japan from top to bottom and can be seen throughout major cities and parks, as well as in the wild covering entire mountain sides and valleys.

Cherry blossom season is a wonderful time in Japan and a sight of nature that is to be cherished and adored each and every year.

Japanese cherry blossom dominates the settings of a Japanese park.

Japanese cherry blossom dominate the settings of a Japanese park.
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