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💮 Sakura Cherry Blossom: What Spring Means to Japan

A Brief History of the Sakura Cherry Blossom 💮 The word "sakura" in Japanese means a type of cherry tree. This specific tree is found all around Asia, especially in Japan, China and Korea. In Japan, cherry blossoms are seen as a sign of the beginning and celebration of spring. It is often said that the best time to view the cherry blossoms is when they are in full bloom. Many people will travel during this time to see them firsthand and take pictures for souvenirs or memories. The sakura season lasts from early March to late April so it usually starts when they have their first spring showers which can be anywhere from mid-February to early March. There are...

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💮 What Are Cherry Blossoms A Symbol Of?

💮 Cherry blossoms, or Sakura, are undoubtedly one of the most recognizable and beautiful flowers in the world. Although they can be found in many countries today, their origins are in Asia and they are most famous for their history in Japan. Sakura imagery has been used in poems, stories, and artwork for hundreds if not thousands of years, but what makes them so special. Of course, their gorgeous appearance and cute size add to the aesthetic, but there are many beautiful flowers with similar characteristics. So what makes the cherry blossom so special? 💮 The Phoenix, sunrises, butterflies, snakes, and sakura. What do these all have in common? They are all traditional symbols of renewal. Rebirth. A fresh start....

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💮 When Do Cherry Blossoms Bloom In Japan?

💮 The cherry blossom season, sakura blooms, hanami, that time of year when all the pretty pink and white flowers begin blooming in Japan. One of Japan’s favourite times of year and one of the most recognizable images of Japan internationally. A warm sunny day with a soft breeze, lightly blowing the pink flower petals in the wind before landing like a blanket on a river. The image of cherry blossoms in Japan is so fantastic it’s hard to believe it’s real. Lucky for us, and anyone visiting, it is very real. It’s easy to see them when you live here (in fact you can’t miss it), the blooming flowers let us know spring has arrived, but what if you...

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💮 How To Make Your Own Natural Sakura Tea

The Easiest Way To Make Your Own Sakura Tea (Sakura cha 桜茶 or Sakura yu 桜湯) Cherry Blossoms are one of the most famous and admired flowers in the world. Perhaps they are most famous for their long history and cultural importance here in Japan. In the spring we are treated to the beauty of thousands of blossoming Sakura trees across the country.  There are a countless ways we celebrate and enjoy this time of year, but one of the simplest and most traditional ways is Cherry Blossom tea. Making Sakura tea is a very simple process. While some make sakura tea with cherry blossoms that are preserved in salt and plum vinegar, we prefer using our pure natural Sakura flowers. While other preserved...

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