If you are one of the people who believe that there’s no better place than Europe to enjoy the beauty of spring, then you are also one of those who haven’t seen Japan in this gorgeous season of blooms. Because unlike Europe where spring is mostly about the fresh blooms, spring in Japan is also about culture, age-old traditions, festivities and the joy of celebrating nature. The arrival of spring marks a cultural shift in Japan leading to the rituals and festivities of “Hanami” —the centuries-old practice of picnicking under a blooming sakura or ume tree. The country goes Sakura-crazy when everything gets blossom-themed, right from food to festivities.
The only word that can define Japan during the springtime is ‘magical’. And this magic is created by a series of blossoms that move the magic wand and blanket the country in soft pastel hues. The pathways are covered with the fresh blooms of plums, daphnes, camellias, azaleas and wisteria, among many others, however, the most exotic and stunning of them all is Cherry Blossom or Sakura that transforms a hi-tech country into a dream destination of love, romance and happiness. There’s a reason why cherry blossom is the national flower of Japan and here are 10 reasons why you must forget Europe and visit Japan during Spring season.