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Cherry Blossom Viewing 259 recipes

Sakura cherry blossoms—the ultimate symbol of springtime in Japan—have been widely celebrated in Japanese literature, poetry, and the arts for centuries. The social custom of feasting and drinking during hanami (flower viewing) dates back to the 8th century and remains an ongoing tradition. Picnickers both young and old sit under the blooming trees to appreciate their natural beauty during the changing of the seasons.