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Cherry blossom season in Japan

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Cherry blossom season in Japan

The cherry blossom season usually occurs from the end of March and often reaching full bloom in early April.

However, possibly due to global warming, the season for the flowers reaching full bloom has been getting earlier and earlier. 2021 saw the earliest blooming since the 1400s!

The brevity of the flowers' lifespan is often juxtaposed with the fragility of life and there are many contemplative works of art around the topic. In this blog for Japanese learners, Japanese teacher Akari Ueno brings up the topic of this brevity, and finds ways to make the season feel longer.

Please read this to study some new Japanese vocabulary and listen to the blog being read out in the YouTube video.

I want to enjoy Sakura for longer


By UENO Akari











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I want to enjoy Sakura for longer

This year in Japan, the Cherry blossoms came into bloom earlier than average years. In Tokyo where I live, there are some places where the blossoms have already started to fall down. Yes, the only problem with cherry blossoms is that the period in which they bloom is really short. This can be seen as gallant but I think to myself every year that I'd love for them to bloom for longer.

When I feel this way, I try to incorporate things with a 'sakura' motif into my daily life. For example, I bought these paper plates and paper cups at the 100 yen store. So I can enjoy the feeling of cherry blossom viewing inside my home too.

This is a drink that uses sakura as its image. During this season, there are many food and drinks related to sakura that appear on the market and the town becomes quite showy.

This is a teapot and a teacup. Whenever I drink tea using this tea set, I feel quite excited. And here is a cookie cutter that I have been using for over 10 years. I often use it when this season comes around. Even just carrots can look cute when you use this die cutter.

Perhaps you do a similar thing to me? Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there are many of you who couldn't come to Japan I guess, I hope that next year you will be able to come and enjoy the cherry blossoms. And when you do, please look out for sakura-based goods when you go shopping.

◆見頃(みごろ)を迎(むか)えている: be in bloom

◆花が散(ち)る: flowers are falling

◆玉(たま)に瑕(きず): only fault; a fly in the ointment

◆潔(いさぎよ)い: gallant; brave

◆モチーフ: motif

◆~を取(と)り入(い)れる: incorporate~

◆~が出回(でまわ)る: appear on the market

◆急須(きゅうす): teapot

◆湯(ゆ)のみ: tea cup

◆気分(きぶん)が上(あ)がる: get excited; feel better

◆型抜(かたぬ)き: die cutting


Hajimemashite everyone ! My name is Akari Ueno.
I live in Tokyo with my husband and daughter. I have had the experience of living in Hokkaido, Yokohama and Singapore.
I studied History in university, so I love touring around historical ruins. When I was younger, I went to see the Great Pyramids and Borobudur in Indonesia, but now I merely tour around the neighborhood parks with my daughter. I dream of touring around the world's famous ruins with my daughter one day.

When I study languages, one English phrase always comes to mind, "Use it, or lose it". I used to be scared of making mistakes, so even when I learned new vocabulary, I didn't use it. But after learning this English phrase from a friend, I started to use the vocabulary and terms I'd learned without fear of making mistakes.

Try to use your newly learned vocabulary and phrases all the time in the lessons. Looking forward to meeting you all in class !

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