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The Most Beautiful Cherry Blossoms Around the World

One of the best known symbols of spring in Japan are the magnificent pink Japanese cherry trees, also called sakura. Starting in mid-March, the Internet is flooded with amazing pictures of all varieties of pink, blooming in parks and streets of different cities of Japan. The earliest city to blossom is Tokyo – this year its sakura trees are expected to be in full bloom by the end of March. Depending on a city, Japanese cherry trees may bloom even through May.

As the official Japanese school year starts in April, the first day back at school or work after the holidays usually coincides with the blooming of the sakuras. You will always see many locals picnicking under the cherries every season – the tradition is called hanami, and dates back to the 8th century!

Because the cherries blossom in bunches of flowers, they are symbolically associated with clouds, and stand for ephemeral nature of life in Japanese culture, that’s highly influenced by Buddhism. Sakura’s are often featured in Japanese art, movies, anime and manga. Curiously, the delicate cherry trees were once even used as part of the propaganda, in order to inspire the “Japanese spirit” before the wake of the World War II.

Even though sakura is the unofficial national flower of Japan, today they have spread to many other countries as well, mostly due to the Japanese diaspora. The blooming of the sakuras is definitely one of the most beautiful sights every spring, wherever you find them!

Image credits: Adas Meliauskas

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Image credits: Hector Melo A.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/auguste.oliskeviciute Augustė Oliškevičiūtė via Facebook

    Bored panda, you’re in Vilnius? :D

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    lindoooo

  • http://www.facebook.com/reesha.nursoo Reesha Nursoo via Facebook

    A wedding proposal just under that tree AWESOME :)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/auguste.oliskeviciute Augustė Oliškevičiūtė via Facebook

    Aaah, if only I were there too :) always wanted to meet a fellow panda

  • Diana Pryanka Doll via Facebook

    The first one was made in my hometown Bonn in Germany (Bonner Altstadt).

  • Laura

    The images are wonderful. Please, please, please include the locations so some of us will be able to visit these places and see these events in person. The credits often don’t show where the pictures are taken. Keep us fascinated! Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sjobergrappaport Katarina Sjoberg-Rappaport via Facebook

    really makes a beautiful daystarter…

  • Lovelyn

    so, beautiful, it’s my 1st time to see, this much of cherry blossoms in my life

  • Eunice Deshpande

    Superb..Simply Breath Taking…Soothes the Savage Soul..

  • Eunice Deshpande

    Breathtakingly Beautiful..Soothes my Savage Soul…

  • Jacob Marlfoyle

    Wow! Your pictures are so amazing! Colors are so vibrant. Thanks for sharing! I can’t find the right words to describe how beautiful those cherry trees are! The most beautiful things on Earth can really be found in nature… I will go to Japan on spring next.

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