Japan cherry blossom :Love for culture and nature



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The cherry blossom (sakura) has been celebrated in Japan for many centuries and holds a very particular place in Japanese culture. Although there are many varieties of cherry tree in Japan, most bloom for just a couple of days in spring. The Japanese celebrate this time of the year with  Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) parties: friends, family or work colleagues gather and sit on plastic mats under the blossoming trees, to drink, sing, chat or just admire the spectacle.




The most important factor in determining the blooming time of cherry trees is the geographical location. The milder the climate, the earlier the blossoms open, so the blossom-time sweeps up the country from south to north.
On Japan’s southern, subtropical islands of Okinawa, cherry blossoms open as early as January, while on the northern island of Hokkaido, the flowering can be as late as May. In most major cities in between, such as Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, the cherry blossom season typically takes place in early April.





Blooming cherry blossom





Furthermore, the blooming time of cherry trees differs from year to year depending on the weather. If the weather during the months and weeks preceding the cherry blossom season is mild, blossoms will open early. If it is cold, blossoms will open later. From year to year, the start of the blooming season can vary by as much as two weeks. The table below shows average times (from north to south of the country)





CityAverage OpeningAverage Full Bloom
NahaJanuary 19February 4
KagoshimaMarch 26April 3
KumamotoMarch 24April 2
FukuokaMarch 26April 3
MatsuyamaMarch 28April 5
TakamatsuMarch 30April 6
HroshimaMarch 29April 5
KobeMarch 30April 6
NaraApril 1April 6
OsakaMarch 30April 6
KyotoMarch 31April 7
KanazawaApril 6April 11
TakayamaApril 16April 21
MatsumotoApril 12April 17
NagoyaMarch 28April 5
YokohamaMarch 28April 5
TokyoMarch 28April 5
SendaiApril 12April 18
HirosakiApril 24April 30
HakodateMay 3May 7
SapporoMay 5May 8






The data is from the Japan Weather Association and refers to Somei Yoshino cherry trees, except in the case of Naha (Hikanzakura).




The Philosopher's Path (哲学の道, Tetsugaku no michi) is a pleasant stone path through the northern part of Kyoto's Higashiyama district. The path follows a canal which is lined by hundreds of cherry trees. Usually in early April these trees explode with color, making this one of the city's most popular hanami (cherry blossom viewing) spots.





The Philosopher's Path





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Approximately two kilometers long, the path begins around Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion) and ends in the neighborhood of Nanzenji. The path gets its name due to Nishida Kitaro, one of Japan's most famous philosophers, who was said to practice meditation while walking this route on his daily commute to Kyoto University.





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Restaurants cafes, and boutiques can be found along the path, as well as a number of smaller temples and shrines which are a short walk from the canal. The most notable of the temples is Honen-in, with an entrance gate that is quite spectacular especially during the autumn leaf season.




The canal, that the path follows, is part of the Lake Biwa Canal which tunnels 20 kilometers through the mountains to Lake Biwa in nearby Shiga Prefecture. The canal was built during the Meiji Period in order to revitalize the stagnating local economy, and was used to power Japan's first hydroelectric power plant. A beautiful aqueduct, which is part of the canal, can be seen around Nanzenji.





Honen-in Temple





The Philosopher's Path runs between Ginkakuji and the neighborhood of Nanzenji, a 5-10 minute walk north of Nanzenji's main temple buildings.


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