Cherry Blossom Mania: Mt. Fuji and Nara no.7

Published on Jun 10, 2013

【ONLY in JAPAN #07】

▽▲Cherry Blossom Mania: Mt. Fuji and Nara▲▽
Don’t miss this! John leaves Tokyo for the Japanese countryside. Mt. Fuji’s Kawaguchiko (lake) and Yoshinoyama (mountain) in Nara Prefecture. Yoshinoyama is the no.1 spot for viewing the cherry blossoms in all of Japan.

We also look at some of the unique foods made from cherry blossoms at Yoshinoyama: ice cream, yokan, sushi and sakura liquor.

Knowing the cherry blossoms (sakura) is to know Japan itself. Their beauty comes quickly and is short lived — falling from the tree after only 10 days. The samurai lived knowing their life would be short, and that spirit is in each cherry blossom.
Called “mono no aware” which is deeply rooted in Buddhism, Japanese have a strong connection to all things. The beauty felt for the sakura is deep. Mono no aware is also an important factor in how Japanese connect to manga, anime and things important to them.



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