Japan glorifies the beauteous season of cherry blossoms in the most fascinating way!
When it comes to festivals that celebrate light, colour and all things beautiful, Japan does it the best. All across Japan, the spring season marks the blooming of gorgeous cherry blossoms, which the Japanese folk have been worshipping and honouring ever since Imperial Japan.
From January to April, many towns, cities and provinces host their own cherry blossom festivities that include decorative lanterns to light up parks that grow these particular trees. This tradition of hanami is a gathering in great numbers wherever the flowering trees or Sakura are found and thousands of people fill the parks to hold feasts under the splendorous trees.
The celebrations often go on till late night, where families, friends, lovers and coworkers enjoy the spring air and lit up blossoms. In cities like Tokyo, the party only begins once the sun goes down and people are relieved from work, making the celebration an all-night-long one.
Each Sakura honouring festival differs from place to place, giving it a broader perspective. For example the Tsuyama Kakuzan Koen Cherry Blossom Festival in Tsuyama-city, Okayama hosts Japanese tea ceremonies and music performers under the Sakura, while Matsue Jozan Koen Festival in Matsue-city, Shimane is known particularly for its unique illumination of the cherry blossom trees at night.
This only proves that spring season is probably the best time to visit Japan.