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Ueno Sakura Matsuri
March 21 - April 8
“Positively overflowing with flowers in the spring, Ueno Sakura Matsuri is the most stunning cherry blossom festival in the world—but timing is everything.”
For thousands of years, sakuras (cherry blossoms) have played an important role in Japanese culture. Appearing for what seems like only a moment in the spring, the cherry blossoms’ fragility and ephemerality have inspired legions of Japanese poets and authors to use sakuras as an analogy for life. Their presence permeates films and paintings, and songs have been written about them; the traditional folk song, Sakura, Sakura, celebrates the coming of spring in its adoring lyrics. They’ve even inspired a special Starbucks latte flavor. For the Japanese, the fleeting beauty of these delicate blooms has been a symbol of rebirth and a gentle reminder of their mortality — that life is short, but incredibly beautiful.
In Tokyo, Japan, the yearly celebration of the country’s national flower occurs some time between late March and early April as thousands of people gather under the lush and shady groves of Ueno Park to catch this glorious first sign of spring. It is here that the annual Ueno Sakura Matsuri, Japan’s most popular cherry blossom festival takes place, attracting attendees from all over Japan, and even the world.
With over a thousand cherry blossom trees, Ueno Park is home to dozens of sakura species, each varying in size, shape, and color. When the sun goes down, the whole park is set aglow with hundreds of paper lanterns, known as bonbori, which illuminate the cherry blossoms for the evening. Amidst this dreamy atmosphere, friends and families gather to eat and drink in celebration.
Source from everfest.com