It's the beginning of the Sakura Season in Japan, when pink cherry blossom sweeps through the country from South to North. We thought we'd join in and go full-on pink this week with a sweep of our own pink products in our Sakura Collection. Click HERE to shop the collection.
Cherry blossom has a place of great importance in the cultural and philosophical beliefs of Japan as it not only decorates Japan with stunning beauty, in in huge numbers but it also carries symbolism about the transitory nature of life, calling us to appreciate what is important while it lasts.
The tradition of hanami or 'cherry blossom viewing' involves having picnics beneath the trees and yozakura is following this tradition at night, when moonlight and lights allow visitors to continue to enjoy the cherry blossom after dark.
As you can imagine, Sakura features strongly in Japanese literature, poetry and art. Awareness of the traditions and beauty of Sakura is increasingly featuring in news articles and travel writing in other parts of the world, with tour operators and travel companies offering trips to see the cherry blossom spectacle in Japan.
If you want to learn more there are plenty of sites giving some great explanations of Sakura and many other aspects of life in Japan:
A brief but interesting explanation of sakuramori - the guardians of the cherry trees from wattention.com
An article from The Times (UK) about the best times and places to see the cherry blossom blooming yourself.
The Japanese meteorological Corporation's Cherry Blossom Flowering map for 2022.
For our Sakura Collection we have put together all the pink pens, inks and washi tapes we could find and that we have in stock. Click HERE to take a look.
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