Hi, this is Azusa writing again. Here in Osaka, it's getting warmer and warmer and the cherry blossom season is getting almost over. In Japan, when we say "flower" it often means cherry blossoms. Every spring, I get restless when seeing cherry blossom is coming out, and miss them when they are out of bloom. They are in bloom for only two weeks, and the flowers are special for me, and for almost every Japanese people, I believe.
For one thing, cherry blossoms sometimes reminds me of a somewhat uneasy feeling about new school, in a still a bit cold weather, and a smell of new textbook. In Japan, a new school year began in April. Most schools have a lot of cherry trees planted in the school yard and during graduation ceremonies or entrance ceremonies, they are always there, in full blossom.
Cherry trees grow throughout Japan from the south to the north, from Okinawa to Hokkaido. We are waiting for them to come out every year, so every March, the Japan Meteorological Agency analyzes and predicts the flowering dates of them and announce the cherry blossom forecast. We are really earnest about it. That is in news every day during the spring every year. The cherry blossom forecast called "the cherry blossom front". It moved from the south to the north, with beautiful flowers blooming.
When spring has come, many Japanese people have cherry blossom viewing party. It's traditional and called O-Hanami. That is one of the reason the cherry blossom front is in news. We usually eat, sing a song, and get drunk under cherry blossoms.
Today, I would like to introduce kimonos with a cherry blossom pattern!
There are weeping cherry blossoms, which have blanches like a willow, and tremendously beautiful!
We hope you like those kimono and obi too!