Cherry blossoms are planted in a variety of numbers and arrangements, ranging from the stately single tree at Miharu Takizakura to the innumerable and awe-inspiring "thousand cherry blossom trees" at Kitakami Municipal Park. There are also many different ways to enjoy cherry blossoms.
One of the many ways cherry blossoms can be enjoyed is viewing them at night for a special, mystical beauty, brought to life by illumination.
Note: Due to relocation work, the view of Hirosaki Castle is not as pictured.
Cherry blossoms are deeply embedded in Japanese culture, and this is reflected on the face of the 100-yen coin, which depicts cherry blossoms. The next time you have one in your hand, impress your friends with this little fact about Japanese culture!
After enjoying the cherry blossoms visually, you might want to see what they taste like. A great many culinary delights are produced in Japan using cherry blossoms, including confections with cherry blossom motifs, cherry blossom teas, and cuisine that incorporates the flavor of cherry blossoms, available only during the blossom season, and even Japanese sake made with cherry blossoms. We invite you to look around and see how cherry blossoms suit your palate.
The Prunus × yedoensis, or Yoshino cherry tree, is the type of cherry blossom tree most often seen in Japan, but did you know that it is a hybrid? Unable to reproduce naturally, they are treated with great care by their cultivators so they produce splendid blossoms year after year.
Although cherry blossoms are typically pink or white, there are also unusual varieties that flower in green and yellow. Some enjoy seeking out such unusual cherry blossoms.