A Burst of Flowers
Cherry blossom trees flower across Japan as winter peters out and as warmer weather sets in; flowering starts as early as February on the southern islands with more tropical weather, while the days towards end-March going into April see flowering in some of the main cities up the archipelago. There are many varieties of cherry blossom trees, with most bearing flowers that are light pink to white in colour. Prunus yedoensis is the most popular variety and its flowers are white tinged with light pink. Mass flowering lasts about two weeks, and this short spell - that symbolises ephemeral beauty, the preciousness of life itself, a time of joy and regeneration- is eagerly awaited and joyously celebrated! The traditional custom Hanami, literally meaning ‘flower viewing’, celebrates the season of cherry blossom trees and people step out to enjoy their beauty and a feast under a flowering tree!