Why do Japanese like cherry blossoms so much ?
“Why do Japanese like Cherry blossoms so much ?” I’m very often asked this question from the tourists from overseas. In civil war period when Samurai warrior lost the war they preferred to die beautifully than live in shame. So they committed suicide by harakiri, cutting his belly. This mentality may be succeeded to even now, and the Japanese like beautiful and short lived cherry blossoms. The most popular is “Somei Yoshino” species cloned by grafting during Edo period. “Somei Yoshino” bloom at stretch and last only for two weeks until they beautifully fall like cherry blossom showering. When one “Somei Yoshino” starts to bloom at Yasukuni shrine the meteorological […]