Cherry blossoms are the perfect symbols of spring — not to mention one of our favorite types of flowers. From their bright, cheerful colors to their heavenly scent, cherry blossoms are the perfect pick-me-up anytime of year — even if we’re only able to look at photos of the short-lived beauties. But we think what cherry blossoms mean to people make them even lovelier.
Meaning of Cherry Blossoms
In Japan, cherry blossoms are known as sakura, and they signify not only the start of spring but also new beginnings, a time of renewal, and the fleeting nature of life. They only last for about two weeks before the stunning petals begin to fall. But during the time when the cherry blossom trees are in full bloom, they hold a special significance to Japanese people; many folks in the country host cherry blossom parties with family members, friends, and coworkers. The custom they call hanami — which means “watching blossoms” — includes eating, drinking, and socializing with loved ones underneath the trees. Hanami at night is a real treat for couples watching the blossoms in a romantic atmosphere. Some people even pickle the blossoms to make hot drinks for special occasions. Sigh — it all sounds so dreamy!
As you might imagine, Japan has more types of cherry blossom trees than any other country — more than 200 total — so the cherry blossoms in Japan are especially impressive. But there’s also some gorgeous cherry blossom trees in other countries as well, including here in the U.S. — many of which are actually gifts straight from Japan. We think after looking at some of these cherry blossom pictures, you’ll want to send the whole country a big thank you note! Scroll below to see some of the most beautiful cherry blossoms of Japan and other countries in the world.
Cherry Blossoms in Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto is one of the most famous and popular spots in Japan for watching blossoms. From its temples and shrines to its natural landscapes, the entire city seems to be bursting with the vibrancy of pink. Visitors and residents alike can delight in the spectacular sights surrounding them.
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Cherry Blossoms in Fujikawaguchiko, Japan
Fujikawaguchiko is another wonderful place in Japan for sightseeing during cherry blossom season. It's also the perfect excuse to get a glimpse of some world-famous attractions while marveling at the fresh flowers. Don't those trees look fabulous with Mount Fuji peeking out to say hello in the background?
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Cherry Blossoms by the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C.
The cherry blossoms in D.C. around the Tidal Basin are famous — and for good reason. A gift from Japan back in 1912, these pretty plants continue to signal spring — not to mention the natural beauty within our nation's capital — every year, with their striking color surrounding the water.
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Cherry Blossoms by the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Today, there are approximately 3,800 cherry trees within the park. As can be expected, they're an enormously popular attraction while they're in bloom in late March and early April — nearly guaranteeing fabulous views from all angles all around the basin.
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Cherry Blossoms in Brooklyn, New York
Spring makes a delightful return every year in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, where cherry trees bloom in multiple locations, such as Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden and Cherry Cultivars Area, in late March or early April. There are so many trees there that the garden even has its own Cherry Walk path that visitors can follow.
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Cherry Blossoms in Wuxi, China
For three decades now, citizens of Japan and China have planted cherry trees together at Turtle Head Isle as a symbol of friendship between the two countries, China Daily reports. A touching and beautiful gesture — and the results look even more fabulous from an aerial view!
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Cherry Blossoms in Canberra, Australia
Aren't cherry blossoms beautiful in any country where they are planted to grow and thrive for a stellar start to spring? Not that we needed any further confirmation of their gorgeous appearance, but this image shows that these flowers are just as striking — if not more so — when you take a close look at them and zoom in.
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Cherry Blossoms in Vancouver, Canada
The Canadian city boasts a whopping 40,000 cherry trees, with some of the most impressive blooms situated in Queen Elizabeth Park and Stanley Park. Tourists and residents alike marvel at the natural beauty, which serves as a fabulous pop of natural color in an urban environment.
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Cherry Blossoms in Salamanca, Spain
Spain might be the last place you'd expect to look for cherry blossoms, but if you found yourself there around springtime, you'd be in for quite the visual treat. The country has millions of these trees — enough to have their own Cherry Blossom Fiesta. Now that sounds like a party we want to attend!