Cherry Blossom Forecast for Spring 2013

Cherry Blossom Forecast for Spring 2013

In Japan, cherry blossoming is the most important event of spring. Millions of people gather in the nearby parks or Japanese gardens to observe this beautiful and amazing condition of nature. Cherry blossoms, or in Japan, Sakura, are 'celebrated' by picnicking under the cherry trees. This nice, nature-loving practice is called hanami. The Japanese Meteorological Agency lets Japanese people know the Sakura Zensen, or the cherry blossom front every year; which means the movements of cherry ... [ read more ]

Tips for cherry blossom viewing in Japan

Tips for cherry blossom viewing in Japan

Cherry blossoms, or sakura, are one  of the most famous symbols of Japan, and quite possibly the favorite flower of many Japanese. The soft pink petals of the sakura flowers announce the arrival of spring, and the time of the year when you can spend time outside, admiring the beauty of nature. Cherry trees grow all over Japan, and while the precise time of the year when they bloom depends on the weather and the altitude, one thing all cherry trees in Japan have in common is their power to a... [ read more ]

The best places for cherry blossom viewing in Japan

The best places for cherry blossom viewing in Japan

In the same vein that people in New England like to watch the brilliant fall foliage in their state, in Japan watching the pink explosion of the blooming cherry trees in Spring is something that few people would miss. Hanami (literally flower viewing in Japanese) is the tradition of admiring the beauty of sakura (Japanese cherry trees) or plum trees that bloom for a few short weeks in May. Hanami doesn't merely mean taking a walk in the park and throwing a look every now and then in the dire... [ read more ]