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"Hanami" is the centuries-old practice of drinking under a blooming sakura (桜 or 櫻; さくら or サクラ) or ume tree. The custom is said to have started during the Nara period (710–794), when it was ume blossoms that people admired in the beginning, but by the Heian period (794–1185), cherry blossoms had come to attract more attention, and 'hanami' was synonymous with 'sakura'.
Apr 09, 2022 · The National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the beauty of nature and international friendship through year-round programs, events, and educational initiatives that enhance our environment, showcase arts and culture, and build community spirit.
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The Motobu Yaedake Cherry Blossom Matsuri is the first annual cherry blossom festival in Japan. It takes place on Mount Yae in Western Motobu Peninsula, which is also home to the Churaumi Aquarium. Over 7,000 cherry trees grow on the summit. This cherry blossom festival typically takes place around January 16th to February 4th.
A group of girls plays outside after their first Communion Mass in La Puente, California, in this image from our photography archives.