Every year in Washington DC we have the annual Cherry blossom festival. This festival celebrates the gift of three thousand cherry blossom trees gifted in 1912 to Washington DC by Mayor Yukio Ozaki the mayor of Tokyo, Japan. We know where the cherry blossom trees in Washington, DC came from, but what about the cherry blossom trees in Japan. Why are they so important to the Japanese people?
The word for cherry blossom tree in Japan is Sakura. The Sakura have a long history with Japanese culture. The Sakura tree came to reflect the ideas of the Shinto religion. The influence Sakura trees did not stop with the Shinto religion. The Wabi-sabi philosophy was also heavily influenced by the Sakura tree. The Sakura tree only blooms for one week out of the entire year.
Each year in Japan they have a festival celebrating the cherry blossoms. It is seen as a symbol of human life given how the blossoms and “born” and go through a complete life cycle in one week. If you want to know more about the history of cherry blossom trees in Washington, DC you can do a google search for Cherry Blossoms. For more information on Sakura trees (Cherry Blossom trees) in Japan do a google search for Sakura trees.