Sakura (Written by Toigulova Ainel)
Japan is a wonderful country filled with a rich culture and many customs that are different from those in the western world. To my mind, one of the wonderful and unique customs in Japan is the cherry blossom “sakura”. It has been celebrated from many centuries. Firstly, in Japan “flower viewing” is considered as traditional custom of the enjoyment of the beauty of flowers. `Flower` in this case has always meaning cherry blossom. Sakura bloom all over Japan lasts from the end of March to early May and around the first of February on the island of Okinawa. Secondly, cherry blossom viewing is easy. Simply enjoy the intensity of the many blossoms by looking at a single tree or a group of trees. The trees from the distance look like a beautiful clouds. And the beauty of one cherry blossom can be admired closer. Another point is combining business with pleasure. Advantage is that, it is possible to have a rest and take pleasure in beauty of the nature. Because cherry blossom viewing is traditionally involved a picnic party under the blossom tree. Hanami parties have been hold for many centuries and today are held in public and private gardeners. IN conclusion, it’s also important to note that Hanami has also become popular outside of Japan in the last years, and is celebrated today at other countries. Smaller hanami celebrations in Taiwan, Korea, Philippines and China also happen. These sakura trees continue to be a popular tourist attraction, and every year, the "National Cherry Blossom Festival" takes place when they bloom in early spring.