O-Hanami — Japan Flower and Love Festival (20/03)

It is impossible not to say, probably, about the main spring event in Japan — sakura flowering. Japanese call love sakurai o-hans ( yap. 花 龙 ).

The sakura flowering period is not an official holiday in Japan. There is no national holiday or special holidays or weekends associated with this magnificent natural miracle in the Japanese calendar. But psychologically, this is undoubtedly a holiday, both for the Japanese themselves and for numerous foreign tourists.

In the days of flowering, sakura parks, squares, alleys, as well as the territory of Buddhist and Shinto temples with flowering sakura visit and spend time in them a huge number of people. The flowering period is relatively short, so the flowering of the sakura is admired both in the daytime and in the evening. An evening inspection of the sakura is incredibly popular: after 6 pm, the trees are very skillfully lit, and a walk in such an atmosphere is filled with romanticism and some mystery. But, frankly, there is no way to retire in silence — there are a lot of people around!

For the official point of reference, the beginning of sakura blooming is the time of the dissolution of the first flowers on the sakur, growing in the ancient Buddhist temple of Yasukuni in Tokyo. As soon as the first pink flowers appeared from the buds, meteorological services immediately notify the beginning of sakura blooming this year. Estimated time for Tokyo and its environs — end of March, approximately 20-25. The duration of flowering — is approximately two weeks.

In the ancient capitals of Japan, Kyoto and Nara, and the prefectures adjacent to them, the sakura itself falls on the first ten days ( up to two weeks ) April.

By mid-April — early May « the wave » blooming sakura extends further to the north of Honshu Island. In the early May days, luxurious parks and shelliums of sakura delight the eyes of residents of the northern prefectures of Japan ( Akita, Iwate, Aomori ). Around the 10th of May, the inhabitants of Hokkaido Island can finally enjoy the flowering of sakura.

The tradition of admiring the flowering sakura arose at the imperial court in the Heian era ( 794 — 1185 ). Aristocracy, sophisticated in grace and sophistication manners, spent hours under flowering trees, enjoying light drinks, salon games and folding poems. In a short brilliant flowering, the sakura aristocrats saw a deep meaning: reflecting on the speed of life, they identified the fallen flowers of the sakura with courage and purity of thoughts.