Okinawa’s in Bloom: Japanese Cherry Blossoms

February 23, 2015, In: Japan, Okinawa, Okinawa, Photography, Places
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Spring has sprung in Okinawa… and the whole island is in bloom! Japanese cherry blossoms cover our island, and while mainland Japan still has months to wait for their cherry blossoms (Tokyo is expected to bloom in April, Sapporo not until May) our little southern island is already near the end of our few weeks of flowering.

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See the bee?

Japan takes cherry blossom season very, very seriously. The National Weather Association actually publishes a city-by-city cherry blossom forecast, predicting when the blossoms will open (kaika) as well as when the “peak viewing” window or full bloom (mankai) should occur. Towns throw festivals and parades to celebrate these little blooms. There is even a specific term for the act of “flower viewing” (hanami). If you are particularly interested in learning the art of “Hanami”, feel free to check out this beginner’s guide on “how to do hanami.”  However, if you are not quite interested enough to follow a link, I’m happy to sum it up for you right here: Hanami involves sitting back and appreciating the cherry blossoms, either up close or from a distance. Helpful? I thought so. Picnics are also highly encouraged.

Japanese Cherry Blossoms | Walking Through Wonderland
Japanese Cherry Blossoms | Walking Through Wonderland
Japanese Cherry Blossoms | Walking Through Wonderland
One of the reasons that Japanese cherry blossoms are held in such high esteem is because of their very short blooming period. The whole season lasts only a few weeks, and any heavy rain or wind could cause that small window to disappear completely. In the Japanese culture there are many comparisons between the fragility of the blossoms and the fragility of human life.

However, as I was trying to gather background information to write a decent cherry blossom post, my half-Japanese friend, Shannon told me I was looking too deeply into the whole thing. “I mean- they’re just really pretty,” she said, in true Shannon-fashion. I’m sure I could have found someone else to go on and on about the rich history behind these sweet little blooms, but I kind of liked how she summed it up. Sure they mean different things to different people, but at the end of the day, they are just really, really pretty.
Japanese Cherry Blossoms | Walking Through Wonderland
Japanese Cherry Blossoms | Walking Through Wonderland
Japanese Cherry Blossoms | Walking Through Wonderland
Japanese Cherry Blossoms | Walking Through Wonderland
Japanese Cherry Blossoms | Walking Through Wonderland
Japanese Cherry Blossoms | Walking Through Wonderland
Japanese Cherry Blossoms | Walking Through Wonderland

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    So lucky to have found your blog through Mr. and Mrs. O!

    • Reply

      SO glad you stopped by! I love Mr. and Mrs. O too!! I will have to check out yours out! I’ve always had a soft spot for the roads less traveled!

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    Hi Mindy! Awesome post… I couldn’t imagine hanami in Okinawa as well, thank you so much for sharing these amazing pictures and especially the one with both cherry blossom and palm trees!

    • Reply

      Thanks so much! I just love that picture. I feel like it really sums up Okinawa!

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    I really adore this time of year, I love all the flowers that start blooming and equally that they make a ‘festival’ out of all of them! Are you going to hit up the Sunflowers this weekend? I am hoping too :)

    • Reply

      I am! And I would love to get together with you sometime to chat blogging and photography and travel over coffee! (Or wine!) Let me know if you are free!

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