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Each week we try to write blogs that appeal to our readers, customers, friends and staff. There is usually some sort of connection between what’s going on in our stores, to the blogs. During the week of Valentine’s day we wrote about roses, when we received our first shipment of spring plants we wrote about primulas…you get the idea. Today, with open arms, we welcomed a box from Japan full of the most amazing flowers I have seen in a long time.
I started to do a bit of research on flowers in Japan and stumbled upon something so awesome I needed to share it with you. Did you know that the Japanese celebrate something called Hanami, which literally translates to “flower viewing”? How cool is that? Cherry blossoms or sakura are almost always the flowers being celebrated during Hanami and bloom from late March to early May. The blossoms only last a week or two and each year and the blooming forecast is predicted by the Japan Meteorological Agency. Celebrating tends to consist of outdoor daytime picnics and parties with family and friends under these amazing trees. The parties can go on into the evening as well, which is referred to as yozakura and paper or electric lanterns are often hung from the trees for everyone to enjoy at night! In the last years, Hanami has been celebrated outside of Japan, there are smaller celebrations in Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines.
Did you know:
In 1912 Japan gave the United States 3000 saruka trees to celebrate the nations friendship. These gifts were planted in Washington, D.C along with another 3800 trees in 1965. The “National Cherry Blossom Festival” is celebrated in Washington when the trees bloom in the spring.
The “Annual Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival” which is held at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, is one of their most famous attractions and has been celebrated since 1981.
Japanese schools and public buildings often have cherry blossom trees planted outside of them. In Japan the start of the fiscal and the new school year is in April and will coincide with the blooming of the trees.
All the flowers you see on the left are from Japan. We still have some available at our downtown location. They are truly amazing. Come in and see for yourself, I promise you will not regret it.