fp: musim bunga2: sakura

Ada byk jenis sakura, ada yg putih, merah jambu keputihan, merah jambu dan mcm2. Sekarang pun sakura tgh berguguran, so kira mcm salji sbb tu org Jepun panggil sakura fubuki (sakura berguguran seperti salji). Isnin ni ada Senzoku Ike Elementary School Entrance Ceremony dan harap2 sakura masih ada kat pokok walaupun daun dah keluar sikit.
Hanami mmg popular among Japanese untuk meraikan ketibaan musim bunga. Biasanya diadakan dgn ahli keluarga, kawan2 dan rakan sekerja. Ada yg dilakukan sebelah siang dan malam (yozakura) dgn light up.

Sakura (Japanese kanji : 桜 or 櫻; katakana: サクラ; hiragana: さくら) is the Japanese name for cherry trees, and their blossoms. In English, the word “sakura” is equivalent to the Japanese flowering cherry,[1] and their blossoms are commonly called cherry blossoms. Cherry fruit (known as sakuranbo) comes from a different species of tree.

Sakura is also a given name. The word “sakura” changes to zakura when used in a compound word such as “shidarezakura”.

Natural History
Sakura is indigenous to the Himalayas, including northern India, and to east Asian states such as China, Japan and Taiwan. Japan has a wide variety of sakura; well over 200 cultivars can be found there.[2] Many were artificially hybridized or grafted by Japanese horticulturalists centuries ago.[citation needed]

Flower viewing
During the Heian Period (794–1191), the Japanese nobility sought to emulate many practices from China,[citation needed] including the social phenomenon of flower viewing (hanami: 花見), where the imperial households, poets, singers, and other aristocrats would gather and celebrate under the blossoms. In Japan, cherry trees were planted and cultivated for their beauty, for the adornment of the grounds of the nobility of Kyoto, at least as early as 794.[3] In China, the ume “plum” tree (actually a species of apricot) was held in highest regard, but by the middle of the ninth century, the sakura had replaced the plum as the favored species in Japan.[citation needed]

Every year the Japanese Meteorological Agency and the public track the sakura zensen (cherry-blossom front) as it moves northward up the archipelago with the approach of warmer weather via nightly forecasts following the weather segment of news programs. The blossoming begins in Okinawa in January and typically reaches Kyoto and Tokyo at the end of March or the beginning of April. It proceeds into areas at the higher altitudes and northward, arriving in Hokkaidō a few weeks later. Japanese pay close attention to these forecasts and turn out in large numbers at parks, shrines, and temples with family and friends to hold flower-viewing parties. Hanami festivals celebrate the beauty of the sakura and for many are a chance to relax and enjoy the beautiful view. The custom of hanami dates back many centuries in Japan: the eighth-century chronicle Nihon Shoki (日本書紀) records hanami festivals being held as early as the third century CE.

Most Japanese schools and public buildings have sakura trees outside of them. Since the fiscal and school year both begin in April, in many parts of Honshū, the first day of work or school coincides with the cherry blossom season.
From WIKI

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