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Updated: Apr 29



【日本語版は英語版のあとです】


Sakura (Cherry blossom) front had already left from Tokyo and now it’s heading for north.


According to ancient Japanese, “Sa” means “Kami (Spirits of nature)” and “Kura” means “Place where Kami stays”. Simply speaking, Sakuta is the tree on which Kami stays.

Long long time ago when we didn’t have calendar, people decided when they planted rice seedlings at rice paddies by watching cherry blossoms. For example, when they saw flowers Started blooming, they thought “Kami has descended from the top of the mountain to our paddies”.


Before they planted rice at the paddies, they enjoyed pick-nick under the trees to have fun with the nature spirit.


Wishing for peaceful spring in the next year to see beautiful Sakura.


The picture of Sakura was taken in the end of March, 2020.

桜前線は、東京を去り北上中。


いにしえの言葉によると、「さ」は神、「くら」は御座という意味。

つまり、神が降りる場所。

暦のない時代、人々は桜が開花しており様子を見て、「神様が山から降りて来た。そろそろ田植えの季節だ」と判断した。


田植えの前に、山の神を迎えて桜の下に集い、宴を催したことが花見の起源とも言われる。


来年は日本全国で桜を愛でられることを願って。


画像は隅田川(2020年3月下旬)


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