Spring arrives in Japan with cherry blossom

Spring has arrived in Japan with cherry blossom now in full bloom.

This part of the year is known as blossom or hanami, season.

It’s an extremely important time of year for the country, both economically and culturally.

Traditionally friends and family get together, and for the younger generation, it’s a perfect Instagram opportunity.

History of Hanami

During Hanami people from Japan drink under a blooming sakura or ume tree.

The custom is said to have started during the Nara period (710–794). It was originally limited to the elite of the Imperial Court, but soon spread to samurai society and then onto the common people as well.

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