We’ve compiled a selection of beautiful sakura trees through images and videos from six cities around the world so that you don’t get FOMO.
With borders closed, quarantine restrictions in place, and flights cancelled, travelling for most, simply isn’t an option this spring. To ensure you’re not missing out on the fleeting perfection of the cherry blossom season, these sakura videos and photos can be viewed from the safety of your own home wherever you might be. Full-screen mode and volume up recommended.
The famous cherry blossom viewing season is known as Hanami in Japan. It is a time for introspection and contemplation as the exquisite but fleeting sakura blossoms are meant to remind us of the impermanence of life. The best places to view the floral displays are at Shinjuku Gyoen Park in Tokyo. The sprawling urban garden draws major crowds for cherry blossom season from late March to late April, although this year, of course, the sakura festivals have been cancelled.
I love Paris in the springtime… because each year, from between March to April, the cherry trees’ pink and white flowers are the undisputed stars of the city. As elsewhere, the blossoms in Paris offer a brief spectacle that lasts for only a few weeks. Some of the best are around the Eiffel Tower, making for very Insta-worthy images. With Paris under lockdown this year, the fragility and ethereal beauty will perhaps be appreciated all the more by those who can’t get away for Easter break.
3. Washington D. C.
Cherry blossom season in Washington, DC is usually celebrated with The National Cherry Blossom Festival which was first held in 1934 to celebrate the Japanese cherry trees that were gifted to the city by Tokyo’s mayor in 1912. This year, the festivities run from 20 March through 14 April but with social distancing measures in place. The Park Service will also operate a live stream of the blossoms, dubbed the BloomCam, that will allow flower fans to witness the blooming from anywhere in the world. Last year, the BloomCam was viewed more than 750,000 times in 160 countries.
Kyoto in spring is synonymous with cherry blossom. During peak hanami season, the serene Philosopher’s Path in Kyoto explodes with colour and one can walk the blossom-lined canal path and visit the small temples and shrines along the way. This year, the famed cherry blossom illumination at Kyoto park has been cancelled due to coronavirus.
April is all about cherry blossom in London and the elegant flowering tree of Japan is widespread in UK capital’s parks and gardens. The flowering time usually begins in late March and peaks in mid-April. The most famous cherry blossom destinations are Kew Gardens with its Cherry Walk, beginning at the Rose Garden at the back of Palm House and the magnificent tunnel of pink trees in Greenwich Park, with a cherry alley that starts beyond the cricket pitch and ends at Ranger’s House.
The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival will be celebrating it’s 15th anniversary this year. Virtually. Each year, thousands of people across the province gather to celebrate the festival with in-person events such as parades, walk-alongs, and musical performances. This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the festival has decided to move online. You can watch it here on the video below.
7. And Finally, A Collation of Spring Blossoms From Around The World
Here are a few more gorgeous images from London to Lebanon. We might all be under serious lockdown but we can still feast our eyes on these beautiful scenes of nature bursting into spring all over the world. Enjoy!