“HIGHLIGHTING Japan” is an official monthly online magazine to promote understanding of Japan for the people around the world, with variety of themes.
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#155 April 2021THE JAPANESE AND CHERRY BLOSSOMS
Cherry trees and their blossoms have been admired by the Japanese since antiquity. More than a hundred cultivars have been bred from the ten wild cherry species to create blossoms of many hues that blanket Japan in the spring. Cherry blossoms have long been eulogized in literature and the arts. Confectionery and other foods are made in the flowers’ image and even using the trees’ leaves, while there is a unique handicraft that makes use of cherry tree bark. In this month’s issue of Highlighting JAPAN, we explore the Japanese love for cherry trees and their blossoms.