[Updated: Apr 1, 2019]
During spring in Japan, delicate cherry blossoms come into full view, bursting with luminescent petals that range from the softest cotton candy-pink to the shade that tints our rosé champagne. But the core meaning of hanami, the longstanding Japanese traditional of sakura viewing, is more than simply enjoying the beautiful trees. Their flowers – Japan’s pride and most iconic natural symbols – embody the Wabi-Sabi philosophy and Shinto ideals of impermanence. They are representative of the transience of life. Thanks to a forecast from the Japan Meteorological Corporation, you can now decide when and where to travel to for hanami.
Such is the beauty of sakura, a national emblem so firmly tied to the culture and identity of a country and yet fades away ever-so-quickly when the seasons change. Transient they may be, they are a stark reminder that living is truly in the now.