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Photo Of The Day: The Blooming Of Cherry Blossom In Tokyo

The arrival of Sakura marks the beginning of Spring.

BY Derrick Tan | Mar 27, 2018 | Culture

Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images

Today's Photo of the Day indicates the start of Spring with the blooming of cherry blossoms. Japan, a country visited by many for its wide variety of cherry blossoms, will be flourished in pink during this season.

A cherry blossom is the flower of trees from genus Prunus, particularly the Japanese cherry, Prunus serrulata, which is also known as Sakura.

The Japanese have a tradition of enjoying the blooming of cherry blossoms, which symbolises clouds due to their nature of blooming en masse and an enduring metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life. It is claimed that the short-lived existence of the blossom taps into a long-held appreciation of the beauty of the fleeting nature of life, as echoed across the nation's cultural heritage.

Hanami (flower viewing) is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers; flowers (hana) are in this case almost always referring to those of the cherry (sakura) trees.