Facts About Cherry Blossoms That You Need To Know For Your Japan Travel
Spring season has come and everyone is looking forward to seeing Cherry Blossoms during this time of the year. Perhaps, the most famous place to admire this sea of pink flowers would be Japan. But before you prepare for your Japan travel, we’d like to make it more interesting by letting you know these facts about Sakura.
THEY DON’T BLOOM FOR LONG
Wonder why people hurry to a certain place to catch these delicate flowers still in bloom? It is because they only remain in bloom for one to two weeks. Moreover, you can’t really guess the perfect timing because it depends on several factors such as the location and heat. So, don’t be complacent and plan your Japan travel carefully if you want to see them!
THE FLOWERS AND LEAVES ARE EDIBLE
Cherry Blossoms aren’t only admired but they are also included as one of many food’s recipes. As a matter of fact, there are different Cherry Blossom-flavoured/inspired food and even a Sakura menu. Aside from the petals, its leaves can be preserved too and used as mocha wrappers and other types of snacks. And yes, Cherry Blossom ice cream exists!
JAPAN ISN’T THE CHERRY BLOSSOM CAPITAL OF THE WORLD
Surprise! Many people plan their Japan travel to witness this and most people would think that it is the Cherry Blossom capital of the world. What if we tell you that it is not? Japan doesn’t hold the record but the city of Macon located in Central Georgia does. Furthermore, Macon is home to more than 300,000 Yoshino Cherry Blossom Trees!
HAVING A PICNIC BENEATH THE CHERRY BLOSSOM TREE IS A TRADITION IN JAPAN
When Sakura trees are in full bloom, you will notice that many people flock to parks and have a picnic under the tree. This is a common practice in Japan which is known as ‘Hanami’ that means ‘flower viewing’. The said tradition even began with the members and emperors of the Imperial Palace.
THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF CHERRY TREE VARIETIES
These trees might look identical but Cherry Blossom trees have lots of varieties. Japan is home to more than 600 types of Cherry trees and some of these bear fruit while some don’t. Also, it isn’t just pink in colour but it changes its hue from dark to light pink and to white throughout its blooming process once it is the start of spring.
We hope these facts made your Japan travel to witness the beautiful Cherry Blossom a more interesting and exciting one!
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