A Burst of Flow­ers

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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!

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