Cherry trees in Japan

2014 and 2015.

Hanami, the cherry flowers in Japan.

What is Japan without its cherry flowers? Japanese people go crazy over a proper flowering cherry tree. As you can imagine, there are so many varieties (over 200), all of them cultivated for their bloom.

The color variations go from: white, pink, cream, peach, yellow to nearly green.

I was most impressed by the “sad cherry”. I dubbed it sad cherry, cause I had no other name for it. There is the one pic I held my hand out. Then, six months later, I saw a Prunus incisa “Kojo-No-Mai” at a shopping mall. I had to buy one. I wanted it to be my first proper bonsai tree.

Back to the question: Why do the Japanese admire the cherry flowers?

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