Sunday, March 30, 2014

April travel destination- Japan

What comes to your mind when you hear the word spring. My mind drifts to a beautiful, peaceful, cool place with blue skies, green grass and cherry blossom trees. Find a perfect place under a blooming Cherry blossom tree, spread the blanket, enjoy wine with friends and family. When the wind blows the delicate petals will fall like snowflakes. Ahh ..almost sounds like a dream but no this is happening in Japan right now. A perfect place to enjoy the arrival of spring and celebrate is Japan.  Sakura or Cherry Blossom blooming time is considered as the start of Spring as well as rebirth in Japan. 

In springtime Japan is nothing less than magical. From end of March to mid April or even till early May is the season of the iconic Sakura / Cherry Blossom blooming period. The beautiful pink flowers blanket the country in soft, colorful splendor. The blooming time of the cheery blossom varies as per the geographical location and weather. You can check the blooming period timetable on Japan's travel sites like japan-guide. It gives you the forecast of the Sakura season. You can also get information about the favorite cherry blossom viewing spots. There are festivals held to celebrate this beautiful time. 

Friends and family gather for picnics, spreading blankets under the cherry trees. 
This tradition of ´hanami´ includes attending tea ceremonies and festivals, or just walking beneath the flurry of pink petals. The falling petals are known as 'sakura fubuki' which literally translates into cherry blossom snowfall. 

Signing off with this lovely video of Sakura in Japan!!!!!! This is where I would like to be right now!!!

Pictures from Japan guide. 


A Sunny Yellow Window said...

As dreamy as it can get, lovely, always wanted to go to Japan. I have images of Japanese women in kimonos, and scenes from older Japanese movies, but I know its far from that now :) Incidentally I posted on my travel wishlist too yesterday! :)

Purnima@a creative project said...

You are my kinda girl!! I wish I could travel more.. I think it will take a lifetime to fulfill my wish list :)