When does sakura bloom?

Victoria Dmitrieva
Victoria Dmitrieva
December 14, 2012
When does sakura bloom?

Try to get addicted to the national tradition of Japan hanami - admiring flowers! The most revered image in this ritual is cherry blossoms. When sakura blooms, Japan celebrates a holiday dedicated to it. There is no exact day for the heyday of this ornamental tree. Still, this is nature, and much depends on climatic conditions and ecology.

Japan is located in six climatic zones, from the zone of low temperatures to subtropics. The climate in the country is largely dependent on seasonal winds, typhoons, precipitation. The period when Japanese cherry trees are blooming may begin in January in the southern regions of the country (Okinawa Island) and end in the summer in the north of the country (Hokkaido Island). So the total period of flowering in the country takes almost six months. In a single region with the same climate, Sakura blooms from 7 to 14 days.

The flowering of the tree itself and its individual bud is short. The flowers are very delicate and can not withstand weather changes. So, in bad weather, Sakura can keep the color for only a few hours, and then reset even the unopened buds.Therefore, the Japanese are very kind to the time when the sakura blooms.

For Japan, the flowering of cherry blossoms is a state-scale event involving television, visual agitation, with the participation of the imperial family. Meteorologists predict in advance the heyday of the main tree of the country, journalists report from flowering places, crowds of onlookers fill the alleys and squares of the city when sakura blooms in Japan. For a country with an unrestrained pace of life and technical progress, the flowering of sakura is like a vacation for all the people. Country life does not stop, it just looks at how the cherry blossoms, and gets great pleasure from it.

For every Japanese and for the nation as a whole, the Sakura festival is filled with a deep philosophy. The time when sakura blooms reminds of the transience of life, the value of every beautiful moment, about the past years and strong feelings.