A sea of pink and white as far as the eye can see. Everywhere the beguiling scent of millions of cherry blossoms is in the air. Under ancient trees, the Japanese spread out their picnic blankets. Because looking at the cherry blossoms, called Hanami, is a tradition in Japan. Every year in spring, locals and tourists gather all over the country to admire and celebrate the beauty of the cherry trees in blossom.
The special thing about the Japanese cherry trees is that they do not bear edible fruit, but a lot of blossoms. Like a colorful carpet, the cherry blossoms are gradually covering the whole country. It often starts on Okinawa in the south already in the middle of January and then slowly moves to the northeast, where it ends on Hokkaido at the beginning of May.