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Why japanese love and celebrate cherry blossoms


CONTENTS

1 About the party called O-hana-mi
2 The origin of celebrating to bloom cherry blossoms
3 Another origin of the celebrating party
4 Someiyoshino is most popular cherry in japan
5 The sight of cherry blossoms at the nights
6 Pudding rather than praise
7 How about overseas
8 Recommendable place to go
9 Paying attentions
10 Summary

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1 About the party called O-hana-mi


It is held under the cherry blossom in every early spring. You can say it is one of spring features in all of japan. Japanese can say the things which remind people of a particular season, as well. That’s called O-hana-mi.

At the time for cherry blossoms in full bloom , we go out the places as parks, mountains, temples and just streets due to enjoying a rice wine called sake, with co-workers, friends, or families. This open-air party makes people to frolic and frisk around even Japanese. And also, we appreciate the cherry blossom has a short life as well as the one has a transitory life.

This traditional party has two roots in the origin itself.
This article tells you some stories about the party and some tips for enjoying if you take part in it.

2 The origin of celebrating to bloom cherry blossoms

In ancient times, our ancestors as an agricultural tribe knew a turn of the seasons by blooming cherry blossoms. How to the bloom told their fortunes on the year’s harvests.
So the ritual was held by farmers at planting time in order to a good harvest.
It was said that the rice field deity goes to a mountain in winter, comes down to a village in spring. Hence it was thought the deity had been dwelling at the trees of cherry blossoms. And that’s the reason they entertains the deity under the trees.

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3 Another origin of the celebrating party

It is said that it was an annual event of nobles during 710-784. The nobility favored plum blossoms. And then it replaced cherry instead of plum during 794-1185.
A book related the old history of japan mentions the first drinking party under the trees was held by emperor Saga in 812. After that, it became popular among the ordinary people.

4 Someiyoshino is most popular cherry in japan


There are many cultivars of cherry blossoms nowadays. Most popular one of them in japan is called Someiyoshino, because of its beauty. It was bred for an ornamental plant as a masterpiece of any cherries. During 1868-1912, it became a well-known tree throughout of japan by way of planting them in the schools, parks, streets, and riversides all over the country.
At the present, it commands an absolute majority about 80% of all cherry blossoms. However, it can’t reproduce itself cause of breeding just for an ornamental plant. So we have a concern about if they decrease.

5 The sight of cherry blossoms at the nights


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The party has a quite unique custom as appreciating cherries at the nights with beautiful illuminations. It makes a fantastic sight due to a light effect. You should go to see it called yo-zakura.

6 Pudding rather than praise

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Each country has some proverbs. Above one means that the important thing is a substantial being rather than one’s fame. And we have a similar phrase which is a sweet rice dumpling rather than a flower. It comes from O-hana-mi. the flower means cherry blossoms. Thus the especial meals for O-hana-mi are popular enough to be used by proverbs.
We prepare a particular dumpling which combining three colors and packed lunch boxes which is a tiered lacquer ware boxes.
You can enjoy these with drinking sake.

7 How about overseas

O-hana-mi is just only held in japan but Taiwan and South Korea as well. This is due to the period of Japanese rule still remains.
In other case, a similar party like 0-hana-mi has started to take advantage of gifting the cherries as a symbol of friendship between the two countries, where at Washington in USA, in China, in German, in France.
And, in Brazil, some Japanese-Brazilian has their original party like O-hana-mi, as well.

8 Recommendable place to go


One of former famous shogun called Hideyoshi Toyotomi behaved extravagantly such as holding a luxurious party at the temple called Daigo-ji at his late.
Therefore, the temple is still beautifully colored by a lot of cherries approximately 800 trees. It seems very attractive even Japanese.
Daigo-ji is located at Kyoto nearby metro Kyoto station.

9 Paying attentions

If you take part in O-hana-mi, you have to pay attentions below 7 heads.

1 Bring your jacket or a blanket. It might be cold in the evening.
2 Don’t be noisy so much even drinking a lot.
3 Take the garbage back home after the party done.
4 Don’t use the fire.
5 Commit no nuisance.
6 Don’t damage the trees and take the cherries home.
7 Don’t occupy the site widely even before starting the party.

10 Summary

Do you understand why Japanese love and celebrate cherry blossoms?

You will see a different side of Japanese people, if you go there. Enjoy one of the sunny days in early spring on April.
Don’t drink too much. Please be in good manner earnestly. You might feel the rice field deity under the trees.

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