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- Cherry blossoms, sakura, is the national flower of Japan. Cherry blossom viewing has been a Japanese custom since the 7th century when the aristocrats enjoyed looking at the cherry blossoms and wrote poems. If you never seen cherry blossoms, plan a trip to Japan in spring.

Sakura is different from the cherry of other countries. Japanese cherry trees do not yield fruits like other cherry trees.. for more info of locations , please check http://gojapan.about.com/library/map/bljapancherryblossommap.htm

People bring food, do BBQ, or buy food from vendors. Among various food people eat in cherry blossom viewing.. Dango is very popular, a Japaneses dumplings.. It is a chewy snack made of rice flour. Most often served with green tea .. to understand it more , please check http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dango

-Symbolism of Sakura :in Japan the cherry blossoms are believed to exemplify the transient nature of life, because of their short blooming times. Cherry blossoms are an enduring metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life, an aspect of Japanese cultural tradition that is often associated with Buddhistic influence..

The association of the Sakura with mono no aware dates back to 18th-century scholar Motoori Norinaga.The transience of the blossoms, the extreme beauty and quick death, has often been associated with mortality; for this reason, Sakura are richly symbolic, and have been utilized often in Japanese art, manga, anime, and film, as well as at musical performances for ambient effect.. To understand it more , please check http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sakura#Symbolism ..

I have come to know about it , because of my brother , since he is leaving to japan very soon .. So i thought of sharing it with you all ..

I wish i was there to attend it .. I bet the weather is awesome ..
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Posted 3/24/08
Sakura is my 2nd fav flower(My #1 is Bluebonnet)
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Posted 3/25/08
i really love the name sakura and the cherry blossom flowers esp. if they are drawn in anime coz they become pink
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Yes,

It's really an honorable festival .. That's what I like about Japan , they honor things in a very creative , delicate way .. I guess we should appreciate each country's culture and tradition .
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Posted 3/25/08
sakura no hana daisuki desu yo...kire na hana desu...ima sakura festival ga ikitai desu!! demo okane ga arimasen...sobsobosb

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i like sakura flower..very nice...i wan to go sakura festival now!! but no money...
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Posted 3/25/08
wow....
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Posted 3/25/08
i cant not go to see the sukura's on spring
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Posted 3/26/08
very nice festival... cherry blossoms are so beautiful...
Posted 4/7/08
nice festival!!!!

does anyone of here knows the anime, "Gakuen Alice" ?

Sakura Tree or most popular as Cherry Blossom Tree weas the legendary tree the lovers Mikan Sakura and Natsume Hyuuga...

honestly, that manga/anime was awesome!!!

Sakura is a nice flower... it's been my first time seein it even in picture!!!


Arigatou gozaimas minna!!!!

Ganbatte... ciao~~~)
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Posted 4/13/08
whoa.... i wish someday i can be able to enjoy the cherry blossom blooming with my friend...

its so pretty..
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Posted 4/15/08
me too...
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Posted 5/7/08
sugoii sakura hana choo kire ne...atashi yappari nihon go ikou demo................................................................atashi chotto osoii ne.........ima summer =desu yo ne..etoo....how can i study there .....really wana study there
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Posted 5/17/08
sugoi!! sakura hana.. i wish i can see 1..
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Posted 6/6/08
...its a very nice experience ^^
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