Sakura; Cherry blossoms that remind us of the tragic brevity of life
It is believed that the sighting of blossoms in Japan began during the Nara period in the country’s history between 710 and 794 AD. Ancient farmers used the blooming of sakura flowers to understand the right time to plant their rice crop to avoid famine.
A few hundred years after these events, family members and courtiers of the most important royal families recreated the gatherings to celebrate the annual new blossoms at the beginning of spring in a newer way. Today, this commemoration has appeared in almost the same way and maybe even bigger.
The newly emerging blossoms of cherry trees are considered a symbol of hope, beauty and new life, all of which are certainly worthy of celebration.