Pretty in Pink: Japan's Love of Cherry Blossom
As springtime arrives in Japan, Matthew Knott looks at the history of the country’s love affair with the cherry blossom.
Where blossoming cherry trees
Were not to be found,
The human heart
Heian culture took hold around the newly founded capital of Kyoto, where the courtyards of the nobility were embellished with plants and galleries for enjoying the changing seasons. A typical sakura-themed pop songs; the major breweries might be the ones profiteering, but the essential appreciation of natural beauty remains undimmed.