By Donna Long
Cherry blossoms are just one of the many ways Mother Nature says that winter is over and spring has sprung. The Japanese believe that cherry blossoms are representations of hope and the beautiful promise of renewed life that each spring brings. The delicate flowers also serve as a reminder that life is precious and fragile, and thus, should be cherished.
The blossoms of the cherry tree grace the branches but for a fleeting moment. Blooming for only a week, sometimes even less, the Japanese celebrate the tree’s delicate flowers with Hanami (flower watching) parties. They gather under sakura cherry trees with picnics, family gatherings and reflect on the upcoming year.
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