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Cherry blossom or sakura (Japanese kanji and Chinese character: 桜 or 櫻; katakana: サクラ) are cherry trees, Prunus serrulata, and their blossoms. The fruit comes from a different species. Cherry trees are a symbol of spring for Japanese people. The word Sakura can also be used as a name for women. The traditional custom of Hanami or Flower viewing involves visiting places where sakura are blooming. Japanese people love cherry blossoms, but they are not the national flower in Japan. Someiyoshino is the most famous type of sakura.
|Somei Yoshino Sakura|
There are approximately 400 different types of cherry trees. They mutate easily.
- Hanahubuki means a scene when the cherry petals are scattered like snow.
- Cosmos flowers are called Akizakura (autumn cherry blossoms) because the flower's shape is similar to a cherry blossom.
- Vancouver Sakura Diary, photos of different Sakura varieties.
- Yeuoido Spring Flower Festival in Seoul
- Sakura in Kyoto Archived 2010-01-20 at the Wayback Machine
- Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia Archived 2007-08-26 at the Wayback Machine Information about cherry trees and Philadelphia's Cherry Blossom Festival.
- Sakura Gallery From Tokyo & Kyoto.
- Photo Gallery of Cherry Blossoms Archived 2007-08-16 at the Wayback Machine Sakura from Kyoto, Tokyo, Miyajima and other places around Japan.
- Photo Gallery of Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC
- Cherry Blossom Spots in Japan
- Cherry Blossom in Toronto, Canada, High Park