There are many breeds in cherry blossoms. But speaking of cherry blossoms, generally we mean one breed called Someiyoshino. The best time to see Someiyoshino is only one week in a year. You know it is very short time. We feel nobility to see them and are also very attracted to their brevity and ephemerality.

Japan Meteorological Agency declared full bloom of cherry blossoms in central Tokyo two weeks ago. And one week has passed from the best time to see cherry blossoms. Now what happened to cherry blossoms? Flower petals fell down and green leaves came out. They are not beautiful already.

Kiyomizu-kannondo temple and cherry trees in Ueno Park.

Kiyomizu-kannondo temple and cherry trees in Ueno Park.

Many people visit to see full cherry blossoms.

This photo is in the best time. Compare with below. Many people visit to see full cherry blossoms.

Visitors decreased compared to peak because flowers fell down.

Visitors decreased compared to peak because flowers fell down.

Cherry blossoms are very beautiful in sunlight.

This photo is in the best time. Compare with below. Cherry blossoms are very beautiful in sunlight.

Tall cherry trees are along the street in Ueno Park. They will produce many flowers in next year.

Tall cherry trees are along the street in Ueno Park. They will produce many flowers in next year again.

Japanese lanterns of cherry blossoms festival at Ueno Park. They light up at night.

Japanese lanterns of cherry blossoms festival at Ueno Park. They light up at night.

Green leaves came out on branches.

Green leaves came out on branches.

Green leaves are heavier than flowers already.

Green leaves are heavier than flowers already.

By the way, why Japanese love cherry blossoms so much? Several reasons are. We have endure cold in winter. Cherry blossoms bring us warm spring after winter. Cherry blossoms are symbols of warm spring for us.

And then, you should know a unique rule in Japan to understand why Japanese people love cherry blossoms so much. Japanese schools and the financial year start in April. For example, students graduate their schools on the end of March, and start new life in the beginning of April. Someone enters more higher school or university, and someone starts working in society. There are many farewells and encounters at this time. These events just overlap cherry blossoms season. And then, we remember them as sweet memories at any age for all time. Such memories in our childhood directly linked to cherry blossoms.

New financial year start in April, so many things change and start all together in April in Japan. Many companies change their organizations and transfer employees to different sections. Someone move up a position, and someone starts working at new place. We feel our new life start in April. Cherry blossoms are symbols of bright new life for us.

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