6 Curiosities about Cherry Trees in Japan
Sakura (桜) literally means cherry and is one of the main symbols of Japanese culture. There are more than 600 types of Sakura spread across Japan, with pink, white, yellowish flowers and with different shapes.
Jugatsuzakura (十月桜) literally means October sakura, a variety that blooms in autumn and winter with small, sparse flowers that combine the colors of autumn with snow.
Samurai used to be associated with cherry trees, because of their short flowering period, thus representing the short life of many samurai on the battlefield.
There is a Sakura over 2000 years old called Jindai Zakura (神代桜) over 10 meters high and 13 in circumference at the root. Legends claim that it was planted by Emperor Takeru in Mikoto.
The cherry blossom signifies feminine beauty and symbolizes love, happiness, renewal and hope. The compromise of flowers, their extreme beauty and rapid death, was often associated with mortality.
The name Sakura is one of the most popular among girls in Japan (5th place). 桜 - Sakura's ideogram can refer to either the flower, fruit or cherry tree.
During World War II, they were used in advertisements to inspire the “Japanese spirit”, mainly because of their relationship with the Samurai.