We Japanese people enjoy cherry blossoms.
The appreciation of cherry blossom, under the trees in spring, is called Ohanami (お花見）
Originally, Japanese people were agricultural people.
In ancient times, Ohanami had two meanings and two customs.
One was to go outside into nature to be in cleansed by the mountains and plants and so on.
Another one was to drink and eat at a party after offering sake and food to the Gods of nature.
Both mixed and became the event as it is now. We have Ohanami parties under the cherry trees.
The meaning of "Sakura" (Cherry trees) is the God of rice fields. It was believed that Gods lived in the trees and told harvest fortunes for the year.
Farmers would have parties under the cherry trees, after offering sake and food, and appreciating the cherry blossoms with God.
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