Can you smell those first signs of spring? Blooming flowers, warm sunshine, freshly cut grass; it’s the natural world that beckons us outdoors. We want to venture outside, work in our garden, surrounded by plants and flowers with that fresh spring look, to feel like we’re part of it all.
The cherry blossom festival - hanami matsuri - is an ancient tradition in Japan. Blossoms represent new beginnings and the Japanese celebrate this when the cherry trees are in bloom. In Japan, these flowering cherry trees (Prunus sakura) symbolise the things in life that we cannot control ourselves. Weather conditions have an influence on how long the blossom lasts; similarly, fate determines the blossom period of a person’s life. For this reason, it is important to fully enjoy this spectacular flowering period while it lasts.