Cherry Blossom Season

In Japan, cherry blossoms, also known as sakuras, are very popular. They represent many things, some of the symbols being renewal, the beauty of living, nobleness, and more. You’ll find that there are often many special celebrations during this time due to the heavy meaning placed on these beautiful blooming flowers.

Is It a Cherry Blossom?

Depending on the area you live in, you may see a variety of different pink-looking flowers. You may wonder whether you are looking at cherry blossoms or if they are similar-looking counterparts to the sakuras, peach blossoms or plum blossoms. They look a bit similar, but you’ll notice a few differences in the shape of the petals as well as how they grow.

Plum Blossoms: Plum blossoms are easy to spot as they have very rounded tips and seem a bit plumper in comparison to the other two. They don’t have a stem and are connected directly to the branch. These little cuties come in a variety of different shades ranging from pink to what looks like darker shades of purple. Despite typically having darker colors, plum blossoms can also come in lighter shades, which is why they are often confused with cherry blossoms.

Peach Blossoms: Peach blossoms have slightly pointed tips to their petals and have short stems that extend from the tree. These flowers tend to bloom around mid-March and
have a light pink shade. There flowers are coupled together, blooming close to each other as they run down a single branch.

Cherry Blossoms: Cherry blossoms have a tiny indenture at the tips of their petals and they tend to be lighter in shade, like a light peach or almost nearly white. They also tend to have five petals on a single flower. Not to mention their stems are also longer and they grow in a group with many in one area, giving it a fuller look compared to plum blossoms and cherry blossoms.

Cherry Blossom Forecast

Please take a look at the chart posted below. You’ll see that the cherry blossoms start blooming down in the southern regions of Japan where it’s warmer in late March before slowly working its way up towards Hokkaido where the last of the blooming flowers will be around the end of April. Please keep these times in mind for when you can view the cherry blossoms at their best.



I know that you’re dying to go outside, just make sure that you don’t die from pollen as well. Right now many of my friends are suffering from hay fever because allergy season started early. Please make sure to take care of yourself and take medicine that will prevent you from sneezing over 100 times a day and that will keep your nose from running miles on end. Here are some recommendations for pollen allergy medication that might be of some help to you.

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Don’t forget your mask too!

Things to do in the Cherry Blossom Season

There are so many wonderful things that you can do during the cherry blossom season. Here are a few you might be interested in!

One of the most popular activities during this season is to have a picnic under the cherry blossoms. There’s nothing better than laughing to your heart’s content while eating delicious food under cherry blossoms.

2)Cherry Blossom Food/ Products
If I were you, I would definitely take advantage of all of the cherry blossom items and foods that come along during the spring season. You’ll find that many items that have cherry blossoms on them are sold. One of the best parts is the sweet cherry blossom flavor that you can try at fast food chain places and franchises. If you’re hoping for a quick bite, Starbucks or McDonald’s have a variety of different options for you to choose from and chow down on.

3)Walk Around Shrines
Many shrines and temples are surrounded by beautiful cherry blossoms at this time. It may be in your best interest to try going to one of them to have a magical movie moment under the falling flowers. It’s also a bonus if you can visit some of the castles around you. I really recommend Osaka Castle during this season as they have the most beautiful blooming flower trees around it.

Enjoy That Sweet Sakura Scene~

Now is certainly the time to let the cherry blossoms influence you as you try something new and get a refreshed feeling. So put on the song Sakura by Ikimono-gakari, sit under a beautiful blooming sakura tree, and enjoy a lovely Hanami picnic with your friends when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom in your city.

Be sure to check the local events in your area too!