Interesting Facts about Cherry Blossoms

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8 Interesting Facts about Cherry Blossoms

cherry blossoms – Japanese fever is increasingly spreading to all corners of this country. Everything about Japan has always been a trend among young Indonesians. This country that applies high discipline offers interesting things that are loved by young people, and its natural beauty is no exception.

Major cities in Japan are filled with high-rise buildings. But because of good urban planning, cities in Japan are also equipped with beautiful gardens. If you are in a Japanese city park, one thing that many tourists look for is cherry blossoms.

 

Cherry blossoms are an icon in Japan, the beauty of cherry blossoms can be seen in spring in April. When spring comes, the cherry blossom gardens will be bustling with people having picnics with family or close friends.

Want to know more about this beautiful flower? Here are interesting facts about cherry blossoms.

 

Sakura Enters The Rosaceae Family

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Sakura is the common name for the subfamily Rosaceae. Cherry blossoms of the same genus with plum, peach or apricot trees. Sakura comes from the Japanese word Saku which means blooming, and ra which means many. In English, cherry blossoms are called cherry blossoms.

Sakura Someiyoshino

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There are various types of cherry blossoms. One of the most widely grown types is someiyoshino. This species has been planted in all parts of Japan since the Meiji era. Uniquely, these cherry blossoms will bloom alternately, starting from Okinawa, then the western island of Honshu, then towards Tokyo and finally ending in Hokkaido during the Golden Week holiday.

Cherry blossoms Only Lasts a Week

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Cherry blossoms will bloom quickly but also quickly die / fall. The cherry blossoms will start to fall when they are just blooming. The flowers will fall on the ground and cover the surroundings with beautiful pink flowers. Unfortunately the cherry blossoms will only last a week, when it’s past the time, all the flowers on the cherry tree will all fall on the ground.

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In Japan there is the oldest cherry blossom in the world named Jindai Zakura. This tree is about 2000 years old. This tree stands up to 13.5 meters high. This tree is located in Jissou Shrine in Yamanashi Prefecture.

 

Edible Cherry Blossoms Leaves

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In addition to enjoying its beauty, cherry blossoms are edible. After undergoing a process called shiozuke or salting, these flowers will become sakurazuke. Sakurazuke is usually eaten with bread or sakura mochi. Sakura mochi is a typical Japanese food that is usually eaten during the cherry blossom season.

Drinkable Cherry Blossoms

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Besides being eaten, it turns out that cherry blossoms can also be drunk. Put the sakurazuke into the hot water. Then enjoy it while it’s warm just like when you enjoy tea. This drink is called sakurayu. Usually this drink is provided when there is a big event such as a wedding.

Cherry blossoms a Symbol to Start the School Year

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will bloom in April, at the same time as the start of the new school year for school students. Cherry blossoms are also widely planted in the school environment. So it’s as if he welcomes students who are back at school.

Name of Sakura according to the number of petals

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In general, it is commonly called sakura, but the Japanese distinguish between types of  based on the number of petals. If the number of petals is 5 then it is called hitoe. If the number of petals is 5-10 then it is called Hanyae. If more than 10 then it is called yae.

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