Sakura or, Cherry Blossom is the National tree of Japan. People can say without a doubt that it is a symbol of Japan spring as well.
Kawazu-Sakura is well known as bright pink cherry blossoms blooming at the beginning of February.
The Kawazu-zakura festival is usually held between February and March.
And many people including tourists from abroad come to enjoy the festival as well.
80% of the cherry blossoms in Japan is the Someiyoshino cherry blossoms, which has light pink color petals, and you might have seen them if you have ever visited the country.
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It is also said that Hanami or, Cherry Blossoms Watching, started in the Heian era (794 – 1185/1192).
The aristocrat made poems ( Haiku in Japanese ) and enjoyed food and Japanese sake.
Hanami also started to spread among common citizens and since that It became their culture to enjoy alcohol and food under the cherry blossoms in the Edo era (1603 – 1867).
Today, there are many festivals and events to enjoy the cherry blossoms everywhere in Japan. Scenery created by cherry blossoms is one of the best sights in Japan, which is known to everyone from overseas who comes to Japan.
For Sakura watching wannabes, here’s a map for Sakura watching spots in Shizuoka!