“OHANAMI” or “The flower viewing festival” is the festival that encourages the Japanese people as well as others to self evaluate their short life.“Hanami” is celebrated to remind us that life is short and that we must make the most of it. It also marks the end of one fiscal year and beginning of the next inviting us with new aspirations and future plans.
The transience of the blossoms, the exquisite beauty and volatility has often been associated with mortality and graceful acceptance of destiny and Karma.
In Japan, the Sakura emblem was adapted to motivate and spread the Japanese Nationalism and Militarism among the populace during World War II. Before that the Japanese army used the symbolism of the flower to inspire “ Japanese spirit” to be ready like the cherry blossoms to scatter.
The falling petals of the Sakuras after their two week life represented the sacrifice of Youth in suicide missions to honor the Emperor. It is still believed that the downed warriors are reincarnated every year as the blossoms.