Who can resist the beautiful cherry blossoms of Spring? Even though the weather hasn't been the best around here lately, the trees are beginning to bloom. Everywhere I drive, I see some and want to pull over to take photos. Usually I have my camera with me, so I just have to hope for a place to park.
Here's some information on cherry blossoms or Sakura, the Japanese name for cherry trees, and their blossoms.
Sakura is indigenous to many Asian states including:Japan,China, and India. Japan has a wide variety of sakura; well over 200 cultivars can be found there. Whereas in China the cherry blossom symbolizes feminine beauty, the feminine principle, or love in the language of herbs, in Japan the cherry blossoms are believed to exemplify the transient nature of life, because of their short blooming times. Cherry blossoms also symbolize clouds due to their nature of blooming in masse, besides being an enduring metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life.
The transience of the blossoms, the extreme beauty and quick death, has often been associated with mortality.
Sakura is an omen of good fortune and is also an emblem of love, affection and represents spring. Cherry blossoms are an enduring metaphor for the fleeting nature of life, and as such are frequently depicted in art.
Japan gave 3,020 sakura trees as a gift to the United States in 1912 to celebrate the nations' then-growing friendship. These trees were planted in Sakura Park in Manhattan and famously line the shore of the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. , and the gift was renewed with another 3,800 trees in 1965.