Do you love nature? Regardless, there are places in the world of nature that cut through the divide in terms of opinions.

In other words, they are so beautiful to dispute! Talk of Mother Nature and you think of one Japanese cherry blossom during the spring.

Well, in case you didn’t know, cherry blossom is simply formed out of a combination of beautiful flowers of several trees of the genus Prunus – mainly the Japanese Cherry which is also called sakura.

The blossoming begins in January and ends at the end of March or at the beginning of April. The blossom will usually move north in what’s known as sakura zensen.

The people of Japan pay close attention to this period that they have invested a lot to the Metrological Agency to forecast the season.

Then, when the long-awaited magical season comes, it’s time to turn out in large numbers at parks and shrines where these trees are found, to experience nature at its best. Of course, it is also a chance to have fun together e.g. by holding flower viewing parties and who does not fancy such a chance?

The festival is called the ‘Hanami Festival’ that is aimed at celebrating the beauty of the cherry blossom and to also give the people a chance to relax and enjoy the beauty that the cherry brings.

The festival is also held to commemorate the 1912 gift of 3000 cherries from the mayor of Tokyo to the city of Washington DC and to also honor the friendship between US and Japan.

During the recent season, the National Geographic invited the community to send in their photographs of the cherry blossom and a lot of amazing pictures were received.

Here, we have compiled the best of the best! Check them out and see what you have been missing.

White Wall

White Wall - spring-japan-cherry-blossoms-national-geographics

Image credits: Masayuki Yamashita

Land of Mist

Land of mist - spring-japan-cherry-blossoms-national-geographics

Image credits: Yoshiki Fujiwara

Evening cherry blossoms

Evening cherry blossoms - spring-japan-cherry-blossoms-national-geographics

Image credits: Aurora Simionescu

Japan’s Cherry Blossom Festival

Japan’s Cherry Blossom Festival - spring-japan-cherry-blossoms-national-geographics

Image credits: Ryan WH

Pink sakura and pink line

Pink sakura and pink line - spring-japan-cherry-blossoms-national-geographics

Image credits: Masayuki Yamashita

Sakura Reverie

Sakura Reverie - spring-japan-cherry-blossoms-national-geographics

Image credits: S. Ohtani

A train passing by in spring

A train passing by in spring - spring-japan-cherry-blossoms-national-geographics

Image credits: Janvika Shah

The color of the cultivation in spring

The color of the cultivation in spring

Image credits: Hiroki Inoue

Old couple

Old couple

Image credits: Joe Ishikawa

After fall of Sakura

After fall of Sakura

Image credits: Danilo Dungo

Tunnel of cherry blossoms

Tunnel of cherry blossoms

Image credits: Jessie Meyer

Spring evening

Spring evening

Image credits: Sho Shibata

Sakura blizzard

Sakura blizzard

Image credits: Joydeep Dasgupta



Image credits: totomai martinez


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