Falling Cherry Blossoms

花吹雪

After the cherry trees come into full bloom, the next thing people can enjoy is the sight of the flower petals being blown off the trees and carried by the wind. There is a word for this phenomenon in Japanese: “hanafubuki” (花吹雪). This word likens the falling petals to a blizzard of snowflakes. A blizzard of flower petals is much more enjoyable than a regular blizzard, in fact, I think it’s one of my favorite parts of spring in Kyoto. Omuro-zakura have reached the flower-petal-blizzard phase, if the weather stays nice (and a little breezy) now is a good time to experience hanafubuki at Ninna-ji.

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