The image of the Sakura, or cherry blossom, is one of Japanâ€™s most beloved symbols. The flower is Japanâ€™s unofficial national flower, and has adorned countless pieces of artwork and architecture over the centuries. They are used in Japanese artwork, textiles and pottery to symbolize the ephemeral nature of life. Sakura has also become a popular female name in Japan.
Sakura hold a special place in Japanese culture. They are treated with reverence particularly because they only show just a couple of days in the spring. The Japanese honor the appearance of the cherry blossoms with â€œhanamiâ€ or cherry blossom viewing parties. After the flowers bloom, they fall and scatter within a week, blanketing the country in beautiful blooms.