Sakura belongs to the rose family, Rosaceae. Sakura can be written in Chinese characters/kanji (#桜 ), in hiragana (#さくら ), or in katakana (#サクラ ).
The most planted species in Japan is Someiyoshino (ソメイヨシノ).
There is a name for the state when the sakura petals have all fallen down and the leaves are budding called hazakura (#葉桜 ).
There are more than 600 species of sakura in Japan.
The names of the flowers differ in the number of petals.
People sit down under sakura and feast. This event is called hanami (#花見 ), it means to look at the flowers and is widely popular in Japan.
You can eat the petals and leaves of sakura. You can also drink sakura.
Sakura is often recognized as a symbol for fragility, grace, and short-lived beauty. In Japan, sakura is also a symbol for beginnings and spring.
Sakura is engraved into the 100 yen coin.
The Self-Defence Forces of Japan have logos of sakura. - 6 hours ago