Mention spring in Japan and most people immediately think of the cherry blossom (sakura in Japanese). Often however their thoughts don’t go much further. Today I want to talk about the cherry blossom because it is so beautiful, however the cherry blossom season does not span the whole of Spring.
So as the title of this blog suggests, it is about spring in Japan and I also want to talk about what else happens in Spring (Haru), considered by the Japanese as the first of the four seasons.
Early Spring is perhaps Japan’s favorite time of year. Late March sees the blooming of cherry blossoms in many regions of the country including Tokyo and Kyoto. Hanami flower viewing parties break out wherever cherry blossoms are found.
March and April can be chilly and ski season is still running strong at many resorts. Nevertheless, the scent of Spring is in the air and the weather improves with each passing week.
Check out the wonderful gallery of Japan spring.