Spring is my favorite season in Japan. Flowers of many hues and shapes are beautiful, colorful and plentiful.
The most famous of these flowers in this season is the cherry blossom, the national flower of Japan.
One of my favorite places to visit is Chidorigafuchi, which is located between West side of the Imperial Palace and the British Embassy. There are over 260 cherry trees along the 700m (2297 ft) pass which forms a tunnel of cherry blossoms.
Shinjuku Gyoen is another wonderful place to visit at this time of year. There are over 1300 cherry trees there. You can enjoy different kinds of cherry trees including Someiyosino from the end of March to the beginning of April and Yaezakura from beginning of April to the end of April.
The Cherry Blossom Front is a line graph illustrating the forecasted blooming dates of cherry blossoms in various locations of Japan.
This line graph shows that the Cherry Blossom Front lands in southern Kyushu and Shikoku in late March, subsequently moving northward in ascending order of latitude values of locations starting from the northern Kyushu and Shikoku areas, the Seto Inland Sea coast, the Kanto region, the Hokuriku region, the Tohoku region, and finally reaching Hokkaido in early May annually.
In March, the weather forecast informs us where the “front line” of the Cherry Blossoms is.
In fact, this season in Japan turns the country into one huge garden. Japan is splendid in any season, but this is why I like Spring the best.
When first experienced by foreign visitors, Japan is often felt to be delicate, quaint, and charming for its similarity to a miniature garden.
Let’s welcome spring and enjoy this season of flower viewing, which we call hanami.
While partying, drinking, and chatting at our gatherings, we can really relax and feel the blessings of nature.