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Some Things You Should Know About Sakura Flower

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Sakura, Japan’s national flower in the hearts of the people, is welcomed eagerly in spring by the Japanese and is a well-loved flower among the people.Most would agree that the sakura flower , or the cherry blossom, is recognised as Japan’s national flower.

Every year,  Japanese look forward to hanami, a picnic event to enjoy the blossoms, when the flowering period draws near.  Indeed when it nears spring, sakura always pop into your mind. Japanese people are especially fond of this flower. Hence, that is why, the sakura tree is planted nationwide. A street that is lined up with sakura trees is called a sakura namiki.

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Sakura Namiki

The sakura flower has continued to blossom in Japan since ancient times and it truly represents the Japanese spirit. You can even find the sakura flower stamped onto the 100 yen coin. As a traditional symbol of Japanese culture, sakura is regularly used as a source of inspiration for kimono prints and traditional Japanese textiles.

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You can even find the sakura flower stamped onto the 100 yen coin

The usual flowering period begins from the beginning of April until the end of the month, although this varies by region and the weather. It blooms and then soon falls from the branches. This fleeting blossoming moment epitomises the unique sensitivity of the Japanese people that “all things will eventually pass” and their awareness to such impermanence.  This flower cannot be separated from Japan’s culture and it is written about frequently in traditional poetry like haiku and tanka.

Japan’s history also shows that the flower appears in several songs, both traditional and contemporary. In elementary schools, children are taught to sing the Japanese song “Sakura, Sakura” during their music lessons. The clip below presents the song being strummed on a traditional Japanese musical instrument, the koto.Current singers too haven’t strayed from their predecessors, creating songs that talk about the flower.

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The usual flowering period begins from the beginning of April until the end of the month

In Japan, the graduation ceremony is held in March and the entrance ceremony follows in April. The timing explains why most songs sung during both ceremonies are about sakura. Also, for bilateral relations efforts, it is common for Japan to send sakura trees as a gift as seen with Japan sending sakura trees to the U.S. In return, the U.S. returned the kind gesture by presenting dogwood trees to Japan. Every year in Japan, forecasts on when the flowers will bloom, the best viewing spots and so forth are the topics of conversation or news headlines during the spring.

It is no doubt that the sakura will always have a special place in the hearts of the Japanese people and every year, the people look forward to its blossoms. Because the flower represents Japan, it is also popular overseas, and many tourists come to Japan during cherry blossom season to see the beauty of the flowers.

 Sakura belongs to the rose family, Rosaceae.

Sakura  is a general name for plants that belong to the subfamily of the Rosaceae. The English name for sakura is cherry blossom. Sakura can be written in Chinese characters/kanji, in hiragana, or in katakana.

You can eat the petals and leaves of sakura

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You can eat the petals and leaves of sakura

After the petals and leaves undergo a process called shiozuke , which is soaking the subject into salt, you get sakurazuke. Sakurazuke has a distinctive smell. It is used to put on bread, or sakura mochi , which is shown in the image above. Sakura mochi is a Japanese treat, which is red bean curd either completely or partly wrapped by pink-stained mochi. A sakurazuke leaf is wrapped around this pink product. Sakura mochi is often eaten during the sakura season.

You can also drink sakura

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You can also drink sakura.

Put 2 or 3 of the sakurazuke of the flower, which is mentioned above, into a cup of hot water. This is called sakurayu. Since the flower blooms inside the cup and looks beautiful, sakurayu is often drunk at formal gatherings, such as weddings.

Sakura is often recognized as a symbol for fragility, grace, and short-lived beauty

The language of flowers of sakura follows as so: spiritual beauty and a good education. The language of flowers for Someiyoshino is purity and a graceful beautiful person. The language of flowers for Yaezakura which are called Double Cherry Blossoms in English, is an  enriched education, a good education, and grace. Overall, the language of flowers and the impression of sakura is a positive one.

Sakura is taken as a name of famous cosmetics brand

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Sakura beauty solution

Sakura is a skin care line that was originally manufactured in Japan, United States, South Korea, and Taiwan. With the promise of providing beauty solutions for a healthy, flawless skin that encourages a confident, healthy, and beautiful life. Sakura is a leader in research of formulating basic beauty products to extraordinary solutions from natural ingredients derived from Japan’s cherry blossom flowers, Sakura. Despite recent emerging, it has gain the trust of customers.

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