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Sakura Season in Japan

Posted on April 09 2021

Bows and Arrows celebrates Cherry Blossoms:

In Japan cherry blossom season is one of our favourite times of the year. It marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. Everyone is very happy and watches the buds everyday to see when they will bloom. The national weather service maps out when the blossoms are predicted to be in full bloom in each prefecture. Predictions are based on the years temperature, humidity, and rainfall.

 

    

Sakura is hard to describe because it means something very personal for everyone. There is something meaningful about the very short period in which they bloom, much like ones own life, it makes us reflect on our lives and gives us an appreciation of our time here. The way they that each individual flower is enhanced by billions of blossoms all over the country resonates with the feeling that as a nation, everything is enhanced when we are together. There are never enough words to describe all of these feelings but poets and artists will always strive to express this sentiment. 

Lyrics from one of the most famous sakura songs:

Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms,
In fields and villages
As far as you can see.

Is it a mist, or clouds?
Fragrant in the morning sun.

Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms,
Flowers in full bloom.

Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms,
Across the spring sky,
As far as you can see.

Is it a mist, or clouds?
Fragrant in the air.

Come now, come now,
Let's look, at last!

There are hundreds of types of Cherry Blossoms. It is rumoured that the Emperor has every breed inside the Imperial Gardens. To learn about the different types please read here.

During Sakura Season we sit under the Sakura trees and have a picnic, drink sake, and often get quite happy drunk. This is called Hanami. Street food is served and obento's shared. Many of the obento's are made especially for this season with sakura decorations. It is a very happy time in Japan for everyone! 

There are many Sakura sweets and snacks during this period. Many restaurants, cafes, department stores, and select stores have Sakura Special. 

 
 
Companies also offer Sakura Themed Treats:
    
Bars also offer up Sakura specials:
   

For Sakura season Bows & Arrows is offering a beautifully preserved sakura. 

The brand, SOLA, offers beautifully preserved plants, exquisitely in the form of a 4x4 cm acrylic cube. They can be arranged and combined in multiple patterns to inspire sensitivity and learning. Arrange your Sola cubes, observe them intently, and appreciate the wonder or botanical lives.

About Somei-yoshino: It is synonymous with cherry blossoms for Japanese people. This is also one of the most representative species of wild cherry blossom found in Japan. Differ from the cultivated species of Somei-yoshino, it does not bloom in unison, but at different time on each tree. It is also Yamazakura’s trait to have the flowers to bloom at the same time.

The origin of the name is said to be that the gardener of "Somei Village (currently Komagome, Tokyo)" in Edo, who sold this flower under the name of "Yoshino". It grows fast and blooms well, so it has been long loved by public, and spread nationwide for ornamental purposes.

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Bows & Arrows also offers Sakura infused Konjac sponges:

A natural sponge with a blissful texture that removes old dead skin and fine hair by Makanai. Ideal for the entire family.

It has a reputation for being "one-tone brighter" just by gently stroking with a sponge. Konjac sponge is made entirely out of Glucomannan, a natural fibre derived from the root of the konjac plant. It helps to deeply cleanse and exfoliate dead cells while its moisture-rich properties leave your skin smooth and supple. The surface is always covered with moisture due to the strong water retention of konjac fibre. As a result, the fibres are less likely to come into direct contact with the skin, leaving the surface of the skin intact and smoothing out the skin, removing fine hairs and dead skin cells.

By the action of the weak alkaline component, it neutralises and degrades dirt and dirt and rinses it away. Washed in a soft, moistened state, so you can use it if you have sensitive skin or atopic problems.

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You can find different types of sakura flowers all over the world now. We hope that wherever you are, you are enjoying the spring!