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Spring Cherry Blossoms & The Scent of Tokyo

Spring Cherry Blossoms & The Scent of Tokyo

In spring, Japan becomes awash in sakura, or cherry blossoms. During this famous “cherry blossom season,” thousands of trees bloom in varying shades of red, pink, and white. Many tourists flock to Japan during this time of year to see the season unfold. 


Cherry Blossom Season or the “cherry blossom front,” as it’s called in Japan, usually occurs around the end of March and the beginning of April. The event is followed very closely by the Japanese Meteorological Agency, the Japanese public, and the major news agencies, because of its rich symbolism and the traditional custom of Hanami or “flower viewing.”


Tokyo in particular is one of the best places to see these cherry blossoms bloom. It’s home to many lush green spaces and some of its parks have as many as 1000 cherry trees with over a dozen different species.


Some of the most famous cherry blossom destination in Tokyo are:

  • Koishikawa Korakuen
  • Shinjuku Gyoen
  • Ueno Park

Hanami - The Symbolism Behind Cherry Blossoms


Hanami, or “flower viewing,” is a traditional Japanese custom that is many centuries old. The term emerged to describe outdoor parties, picnics and celebrations beneath the blossoming cherry or plum trees. Hanami is still very popular in Japan today. 


It’s thought that the practice originally grew out of the symbolism behind cherry blossoms. Since the prime of cherry blossom season only lasts about two weeks, for many people Hanami is a celebration of the fleeting nature of beauty and life. The flowers were traditionally seen as a metaphor for life itself: luminous and beautiful, yet delicate and ephemeral. 


The Scent of Tokyo Cherry Blossoms… Bottled For Your Enjoyment.


Inspired by spring in Tokyo, we created our own Tokyo scent - a fragrance with notes of Sakura Cherry Blossoms, Hinoki Wood, and Green tea, designed to transport you to your own personal Hanami. Now the fleeting, delicate scent of spring cherry blossoms is bottled for your enjoyment, through the power of all natural essential oils. You can read more about our Tokyo fragrance here.
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