Cherry blossom at the high park, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Cherry blossom is a hallmark for the evanescence and fragility of human life and represents the evolution of the Japanese culture throughout the years. The fleeting life of the flowers, their paramount beauty, and their speedy death, has often been analogous to mortality; for this reason, cherry blossoms are highly emblematic.
The planting of cherry trees began in 1912 when the Japanese Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo gave 3,000 cherry trees (Sakura) as a gift of friendship to Washington, D.C.
There are different variety of Cherry trees. Some of the cherry blossom tree's names are as follows: Somei-Yoshino, Ari ake, Fugen-zo, Fuku-roku-ju, Gyo-i-ko, Ichiyo, Jonioi, Kwan-zan, Mikurumagayeshi, Shira-yuki, Surugadainioi, Takinioi.
Japan holds plenty of variety of cherry blossoms (Sakura). More than 200 cultivars can be found there, though only one variety seems to stand out among others. The most popular in Japan is the Somei Yushino whose flowers are almost pure white like the clouds, and tinged with the lightest pink mostly near the stem. They bloom and usually start to fall within a week, just right before the leaves emerge.
This period allows the cherry trees to look absolutely white from the top to the middle. Hanami, or cherry blossom viewing, is a favorite pastime of the Japanese. They picnic under a blooming sakura or ume tree, eat lunch and drink sake in happy feasts. This famous practice is said to have started as early as the 8th century. Although it was first made exclusive to the elite of the Imperial Court, later on, it spread to samurai society. By the Edo period, it eventually became accessible to the common people as well.
The colorful trees of cherry blossom bring lots of people in Shanghai, China. The scenery is best viewed at Gucun Park where hundreds of trees cover more that 13 hectares of land. Visit Seoul and you can enjoy the Youido blossom festival or head to the Kew Gardens in Surrey if you are in London and watch the cherry blossoms with the europians. For locals in and travelers to Vancouver, never miss the festival they hold from April 5 to April 28.
The High Park Cherry Blossom Walk in Toronto that starts in the middle of April to early May. Toronto, specifically the High Park, is also another recipient of Japan's precious gift - a collection of delicate Yoshino cherry trees most famous for their fluffy, snow-white blossoms. High park is famous for his unique trees along with cherry blossom trees
The high park with it's natural beauty around the pond near Elis park road- a glory of cherry Blossom rises and bring thousand of visitors to make it a great family affair.