Cherry blossoms are a symbolic flower of the spring, a time of renewal, and the fleeting nature of life. However, it has been said, that a thousand-year-old tradition known as hanami (flower watching) celebrates the annual arrival and the fleeting beauty of cherry blossoms in Japan. This year in mid-April, the cherry trees in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, in Queens, were in full bloom.
It blooms as early as January in Japan’s southern, subtropical island of Okinawa, while on the northern island of Hokkaido, they bloom as late as May. This season typically takes place in the cities like Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka due to the weather condition.
Facts You Must Know:-
To extend the friendship, Japan sends 2000 cherry trees to America in the year 1909 as a symbol of friendship between the two countries. After all, just a few years earlier, U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt had helped Japan negotiate an end to the Russo-Japanese War.
Cherry blossom also plays a vital role during World War II as it’s used to motivate the Japanese people, to stoke nationalism and militarism among the populace.
The U.S consider that the city of Macon in central Georgia is recognized as the “Cherry Blossom Capital of the World”
From March 26, 2021, Japan’s cherry blossoms had peaked in 1200 years. D.C.’s trees also bloomed unusually early.
Cherry blossom is an attraction in India, as well, most notably in Himalayan states like Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jammu & Kashmir, Sikkim & northern districts of West Bengal namely Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling, along with tropical highlands of Garo Hills and Khasi Hills in Northeast India where Prunus cerasoides is native to.