Friday, February 5, 2010

Sakura Flower ( Cherry blossom )

Japan is a country that has many cultural and natural beauty. One of them is the cherry blossoms, which is the national flower of Japan. Cherry blossom (Sakura) bloom in the spring season in early April to late April. In Japan we can see sakura in various places. To the Japanese themselves, Sakura is an important symbol. Sakura is often associated with women, life, death, and also a symbol for human mengeksperesikan bonds, courage, sadness, and joy. Sakura is also a metaphor for characteristics that are not eternal life.

Every year the Japanese Meteorological Agency and the public track the sakura zensen (cherry-blossom front) as it moves northward up the archipelago with the approach of warmer weather via nightly forecasts following the weather segment of news programs. The blossoming begins in Okinawa in January and typically reaches Kyoto and Tokyo at the end of March or the beginning of April. It proceeds into areas at the higher altitudes and northward, arriving in Hokaido a few weeks later. Japanese pay close attention to these forecasts and turn out in large numbers at parks, shrines, and temples with family and friends to hold flower-viewing parties. Hanami festivals celebrate the beauty of the cherry blossom and for many are a chance to relax and enjoy the beautiful view. The custom of hanami dates back many centuries in Japan: the eighth-century chronicle Nihon Shoki records hanami festivals being held as early as the third century CE.
Cherry blossoms have many types, some of which are Edohigan, Oshimazakura, Someiyoshino, Kanhizakura, Ohkanzakura, Kawazuzakura, Shidarezakura, Yaezakura, Youkou, Yamazakura, Ukonzakura. stiap types of cherry blossoms is a special characteristic and different.


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