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Sakura Festival in Japan

Festival blossoms in Japan

Sakura in Japan — the tree, which enjoys special veneration and love. Every year in April in Japan is traditionally held the feast of the cherry blossom — Hanami-party . About the unusual event, not everyone knows Russian, and European tourist: Random tell, what is this holiday and how it is celebrated in the land of the Rising Sun.

The history of this beautiful ceremony began in the days of ancient Hayana (794-1185 years). Japanese aristocracy then excelled in refinement of manners and grace, spending long hours under the flowering trees for different classes. They enjoyed soft drinks, arcade games, wrote poems and just talked at a high level.

As for flowering trees, it should be noted that the Japanese Sakura blossoms delicate and beautiful flowers. They represent human life . embody feminine beauty and are a symbol of Japan . Grows Sakura, or mountain cherry, is almost everywhere: in cities, in the mountainous areas and along river banks. Incredibly, and in the former USSR you can see how the magic Sakura blossoms, arriving, for example, in the Botanical garden in Petropavlovsk, in Kazakhstan. Other amazing places of Kazakhstan learn here .

Hanami . dedicated to the cherry blossoms, is a festival and celebration . which is attended by almost 90% of Japan’s population. Traditionally, it begins in Tokyo and then continued in other major cities — Yokohama, Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo and in a small Japanese villages. Inviting the citizens to a Hanami, on the streets, in shops and transport, the city government hung posters with photos of the buds of Sakura. In the same way often decorated and apartments in Tokyo .

Preparations for this celebration begin in advance. In early March the local television begins to report the timing of cherry blossom in each region, the number of calls of trees and so on. At the end of the month, Japanese families go to nearby parks. Most famous Park with lots of cherry trees, bloom which causes indescribable delight to the Japanese, is Ueno Park in Tokyo.

Residents have picnics around flowering trees, and everywhere abounds all traditional Japanese clothing, cuisine, dance and music. The citizens and tourists admire the picturesque sight, drink sake, eat simple Japanese food and sing. Walking through the flowered parks distract from the bustle, the scent of Sakura calms down, and people are reflecting on the transience of youth, beauty and life. In some parks in the evening flowering trees of cherry blossoms illuminated by the lights — the sight is just gorgeous!

Flowering white-pink flowers lasts only a few days, sometimes it lasts only a few hours. But if you travel to Japan during this period, we can see the beauty of this ancient tradition.

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