The cherry blossom tree is a beautifully breathtaking tree, which is a special part of Japanese history and culture. A close relation of the rose, cherry blossom trees spread through Japan before the prehistoric age. Now, thanks to hybridization, there are more than 300 different varieties of Japanese cherry blossom tree.
Appreciation of these unique trees is thought to have begun in the Heian Period when emperors and other members of high society enjoyed feasts underneath them. Soon this tradition filtered down and everyone started delighting in gatherings under these beautiful blooming trees.
Even today, the trees are an important cultural symbol and celebrated when they bloom in the early spring. Thousands flock to picnic underneath them and appreciate their unique beauty.