Japanese tradition of welcoming spring is the colorful ‘Hanami event’ of pink and white ‘sakura’ blossom flowers, symbolizes renewal, vitality and beauty.
‘Cherry Blossom Festival’ or Hanami viewing, is appreciating and enjoying the temporal beauty of nature, when the blooming of cherry blossoms (sakura) and sometimes plum blossoms in parks and throughout the countryside in Japan. Tourists visit Japan during this time to witness the beautiful blooming of the cherry blossoms.
Hanami, has been a Japanese ancient tradition which has been practiced for centuries. The annual Cherry Blossom Festival, coincide with the blooming of the cherry blossoms usually from March to May, but can vary in different parts of Japan.
On Japan’s southern, subtropical islands of Okinawa, cherry blossoms open as early as January, while on the northern island of Hokkaido, they bloom as late as May. In most major cities in between, including Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, the cherry blossom season typically takes place in early April.
Traditionally, there are tea ceremony held under the cherry trees. Many people gather with a picnic, songs and companionship under the cherry blossom trees to admire and celebrate the beauty of sakura during the Cherry Blossom Festival. The beauty of the cherry blossoms inspired many artworks and has become an iconic symbol of Japan.