Cherry Blossoms Around The World

Celebrate Spring With Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms Around The World

Cherry Blossom trees originated in eastern Asia but many people don’t know that they actually grow in other places in the world. Here are some of the cities you can enjoy the Cherry Blossom.
Cherry Blossom trees originated in Eastern Asia. The country that is most famous for cherry blossoms is Japan. They even get their nickname “The Land of Sakura ‘’ after the plant and their national flower is, you guessed it right, the cherry blossom. The reason why these trees hold great importance in Japanese Culture is because traditionally they were the signifiers of the rice planting season. The Japanese would rely on these trees to time their yearly harvest. Therefore they historically were of great importance to the survival of the people. Now they celebrate the Cherry Blossom as the arrival of spring and the renewal of life. 

There are many traditions that are tied to the cherry blossom. One of these is the Japanese tradition of “hanami”, which means the viewing of flowers. Hanami is when they have picnics under the cherry trees. The tradition is thought to be started by the Emperors and the members of the Imperial Palace feasting under the trees blooming branches. There is also the practice of having “hanami” picnics at night. These are called “yozakura”. During “yozakura” the Japanese hang paper lanterns in the trees to illuminate their surroundings and it creates a magical site. 

Now Cherry Blossom festivals are held all around the world and they celebrate the welcome of spring and the Japanese Culture. The tradition of picnicking under the cherry blossom trees is also spreading in the world. Here are some of the places that you can picnic under the cherry trees. 

Washington DC, USA

Washington DC is home to 3,000 cherry trees that were gifted from the Mayor of Tokyo to Washington in 1912 to enhance the friendship between the two countries. The trees were planted all around the monument. There is also a Cherry Blossom Festival that is held every year that celebrates the welcoming of spring and the Japanese Culture. There are many events that take place during the festival. The blossom surrounding the Tidal Basin is truly a sight not to be missed. 

Paris, France

Parc de Sceaux, which is home to the Eiffel Tower, is also home to many Cherry Blossom trees. The trees blossom from the end of March to the end of April. You can walk around the park as you marvel at the Eiffel Tower surrounded by cherry blossom trees. It’s a scene to experience. 

Amsterdam, Netherlands

In 2000 Japan Women’s Club donated 400 trees to Amsterdam to celebrate the two nations’ relationship. The 400 trees now live in Amsterdamse Bos in Amsterdam and all 400 of them are individually named, 200 female and 200 male dutch names. Amsterdam Bos is not the only place you can see blossom trees, you can also enjoy them at the Westerpark and even have a “hanami” (picnic) under the trees. 

Stockholm, Sweden

Cherry Blossom trees, körsbärsträd, are planted across the city in Stockholm. You can actually find them at the heart of Stockholm at the Kungsträdgården park. The cherry blossom is celebrated with an annual Japanese festival where you can buy delicious snacks and crafts under the blossomed trees. If you want to have the place to yourself and take photos we suggest going early in the morning as it can get very crowded with tourists.

Brooklyn, New York, USA

The Brooklyn Botanical Garden holds Sakura Matsuri, an annual festival that celebrates the cherry blossom and the Japanese Culture. The annual festival has traditional and contemporary performances of Japanese culture. The garden has the most diverse collection of cherry trees, more than 26 different cherry tree species. Thousands of people come to see the marvelous view. You can enjoy the blossom from Mid-March until late April. 

Jerte Valley, Spain

The views at Jerte Valley are different than any other in this post because their cherry trees blossom white. There are more than 2 million cherry trees in the valley. From afar you might even think that it’s snow but as you get closer you’ll be stunned by the white flowers that cover the sky. They celebrate the cherry blossom in their festival “Fiesta del Cerezo en Flor”.