Summit Venue 01 Cherry-blossom viewing: a spring tradition from ancient times
The beauty of nature is revered in Japan, where a love of seasonal flowering plants is part of the national culture. Flowers have played an indispensable role in Japan’s traditional celebrations; peach blossoms helps celebrate healthy growth of Japan’s girls during the March Doll Festival known as Hina Matsuri, irises support on Boys’ Day (Tango-no-Sekku) in May, and chrysanthemums take center stage in the September Chrysanthemum Festival (Choyo-no-Sekku), an appeal for health and longevity.
The tradition of enjoying a meal or sake while appreciating cherry blossoms began in the Edo era and became broadly popular with citizens. Cherry blossoms and flower viewing are now so inseparable from the concept of spring in Japan that the “cherry blossom forecast” has announced and it is a daily news item.
In Osaka, best cherry viewing season is from late March into April. Here are some recommended spots for the best cherry blossom viewing area.