🌸Sakura in the United Stated🌸



March means the blooming of cherry blossoms. In Japan, where the infatuation with these flowers must have originated, sakura symbolizes the fleeting nature of life. It is an optimistic time with longer days to enjoy, and there is an aroma of sweetness in the air.
Japan might be the best known destination for cherry blossoms, but did you know you can celebrate this beautiful time outside of Japan? One famous spot is in Washington, D.C. According to Wikipedia, In 1912, the mayor of Tokyo gifted 3,000 trees to the District of Columbia as a symbol of Japanese American friendship. But that is not the only place to appreciate them. There are parks, gardens, and scenic drives where you can see these pale pink flowers all over the United States.
Of course It is difficult to anticipate exactly when cherry blossoms will make their annual appearance in the United States each spring. However, much of the U.S. can see peak blooms in March or April. Cherry blossoms can appear as early as February in some places like California, or as late as May, in Michigan-where I am from-depending on the weather that year.
Once in bloom, these iconic flowers do not stick around for long, but that’s part of their allure. The Japanese custom of hanami counteracts this notion of imminent decay, a tradition of gathering beneath the blossoms with food and friends to celebrate.
Although we have cherry blossom trees in many areas of the U.S. there is no custom of gathering with food and friends beneath the blossoms. I personally enjoy this time and think we should start the same custom of celebration and appreciation in the United States.



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