Sakaura, cherry blossoms, are special in Japan, being regarded as national flowers along with chrysanthemums in the autumn. The sakura front moves from the south to the north, from late- March in the southern island of Kyushu to early-May in the northern island of Hokkaido. Sakura is usually at their best in early April, most probably from around April 3rd - 10th, in Kyoto, Nara and Osaka areas. Since Sakura is at their peak for only a week or so, and their petals drop gracefully even in the mild wind, people feel the very transicience and graciousness. There are a bunch of people sitting under cherry trees in a park, after 5 p.m. till late at night, enjoying viewing sakura. Some go wild!!
Sakura against Mt. Fuji
Maruyama Park in eastern Kyoto and Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) parties
Mt. Yoshino in Nara Prefecture About 30,000 cherry trees of 200 varieties bloom all over Mt. Yoshino during late-March through mid-April. Mt. Yoshino is about 1.5-hour ride from Osaka to the south.
Yodo River's bank in Osaka
Sakura has over 1,000 years of history in Japan, charming visitors in various sakura-noted places. Today sakura is not only about Japan. It has won and will win hearts of many people all over the globe like.....
St. James's Park in London
Collingwood Ingram, a British gardener who visited Japan for the first time in 1902 at age 21, was so captivated by super beautiful sakura that he later came back to Japan twice, visiting sakura-famous places like Kyoto, the foot of Mt. Fuji, and Mt. Yoshino among others. He introduced 120 + varieties of sakura to the UK.
Hagler Park in Christchurch, New Zealand
Finally, we should note that cherry blossoms are weak against germs. So let's not touch them.
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