The cherry blossom, the Japanese national
flower, blooms in the spring and it is a national tradition for
everyone to go to see and celebrate the cherry trees in bloom.
The cherry blossom flowering in the Fukuoka and Uwajima areas
began March 17, and in Tokyo on March 18. This year about half
of Japan was flowering by April 1, and by mid-April, everywhere
was cheery blossom time, according to the Japan weather association.
Around March and April, the cherry
blossom explosion is on the news everywhere in Japan. Information
on cherry blossom flowering in each district or place famous
for cherry blossoms is provided because cherry blossom blooming
relates to both a temperature change and altitude above sea
level. Even the Japan Meteorological Agency, the National Weather
Service, forecasts cherry blossom blooming.
There are more than 300 places famous for cherry blossoms,
including parks, shrines, temples, highways, and mountains.
are more than 100 cherry blossom festivals all over Japan.
Some places are densely covered with more than 3,000 cherry
trees. One place,Myougisan sakuranosato in Gunma, is covered
with more than 50 varieties and 15,000 cherry blossom trees.
Sakura, the cherry blossom, is a member of the rose family.
About 80 percent of the cherry blossoms in Japan are of the
Hanami, cherry blossoms viewing is a traditional practice,
and many people have picnics and enjoy karaoke under the
both day and night.
In 1912 Japan gave the United States about 3,000 cherry
blossom trees. They are planted around the Jefferson
Washington, D.C., so that Americans, too, enjoy watching
them bloom every