Cherry blossoms are blooming in Japan, and it’s an Instagram dream come true

Snow is the prettiest thing about winter. It looks so magical while it’s falling, and it’s fun to play in while it’s fresh. But whoever first said the phrase “you can never have too much of a good thing” was clearly from a warmer climate. Enough is enough already! Bring on the spring! You don’t have to look far to get some “spring-piration” because the cherry blossoms are blooming in Japan. And Instagram is making our dreams of warm sunshine and plant life come true.

In the Eastern Japanese town of Kawazu, over 8,000 cherry blossoms are currently coming to life. Kawazu’s cherry blossoms, known as sakura in Japanese, are a unique breed to the other cherry blossoms around Japan that usually bloom in late March or early April.

These early bloomers attract millions of tourists to Kawazu during the month of February.

According to BoredPanda, visitors board a small train that takes them through Kawazu, and visitors can visually and aromatically experience the vast expanse of cherry blossom trees.

The cherry blossoms holds a great significance in Japanese culture. Homaro Cantu from The Huffington Post writes,

"the cherry blossom represents the fragility and the beauty of life. It’s a reminder that life is almost overwhelmingly beautiful but that it is also tragically short. When the cherry blossom trees bloom for a short time each year in brilliant force, they serve as a visual reminder of how precious and how precarious life is."

As much as the Japanese gather to appreciate the cherry blossoms’ physical beauty, the tourists are also appreciating the hundred year old cultural meaning behind the blossom.

And thanks to social media, we can appreciate both aspects of the cherry blossom from thousands of miles away. We assure you that we are greatly appreciating these pics.

Looks like we have to add a Kawazu cherry blossom trip to our bucket list! It’s one thing to see pictures, but we can only imagine what these beautiful blossoms must look like (and smell like) in person!

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