Tag: cherry blossoms

The History of Hanami

In Japan, few events capture the essence of springtime as beautifully as hanami – the centuries-old tradition of cherry blossom viewing. Every year, as the sakura trees burst into bloom, people from all walks of life gather beneath their delicate pink canopy to celebrate the fleeting beauty of the season. But behind the…

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Exploring the European Charm of Jiyugaoka

Part of Meguro City, Jiyugaoka offers leisurely strolls through its picturesque streets lined with cherry blossom trees and quaint cafés, exuding a peaceful atmosphere that is a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. Enjoy the scenic beauty and take in the vibrant colors that characterize the changing seasons. Jiyugaoka: Its…

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The Beauty of Kawazu Zakura: Early Cherry Blossoms in Japan

Japan, a land of timeless beauty and cultural richness, is renowned for its breathtaking cherry blossoms that paint the landscape in hues of pink and white every spring. Among the many varieties of cherry blossoms, one stands out for its early bloom – the Kawazu Zakura. In this article, we’ll explore the significance…

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Cherry Blossoms and Spirits: the Haunting Tale of The Sixteenth Day

As the enchanting season of hanami unfolds, we delve into the captivating world of Japanese culture through the lens of Lafcadio Hearn’s haunting narrative, “The Cherry Tree of the Sixteenth Day.” Koizumi Yakumo, the Japanese name of Lafcadio Hearn, unveils a tale that transcends time, weaving together the delicate beauty of cherry blossoms…

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Blossoms Beyond Beauty: Discovering Japan’s Five Grand Cherry Trees

While the cherry blossoms will soon grace Japan, it’s intriguing to unveil five special cherry trees classified as great cherry trees in Japan, known as Nihon Godai Zakura. Designated as national treasures by the government in 1922, these magnificent trees hold not just age-old branches but also stories deeply rooted in Japanese history…

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Unearthing Tokyo’s Hidden Hanami Havens

In the vibrant scene of Tokyo’s hanami culture, there’s more than meets the eye. While iconic spots like Ueno Park and Chidorigafuchi are perennial favorites, Tokyo harbors hidden gems for those seeking a unique and unconventional hanami experience. Join us on a journey through the city’s most unusual cherry blossom havens that redefine…

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Sailing Under the Cherry Blossoms at the Edo Fukagawa Sakura Festival

Welcome to a journey where we’ll bring you to the most amazing spots and festivals for the 2024 cherry blossom season! This time, I’m bringing you to the Edo Fukagawa Sakura Festival, a celebration deeply rooted in the Edo period, and a modern-day spectacle in Tokyo’s Koto ward. From breathtaking cherry blossoms in…

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The 12 original castles of Japan

There are only 12 castles in Japan that have the original structure – meaning the main building wasn’t rebuilt through time. Si-take., CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons  Hirosaki Castle, Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture Hirosaki Castle, built in 1611, is one of the most famous among tourists for the many events hosted here. The…

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