For the Japanese, spring is “the season of cherry blossoms”. This love for cherry blossoms, called sakura in Japanese, is forms part of the traditional Japanese culture.
This is especially true for the cold northern region of Japan known as Tohoku. Sakura hold a very special meaning to the people there. After a long winter trapped inside by mountains of snow, sakura signal the coming of spring. In the Tohoku region there are many famous cherry blossom trees and locations for O-hanami (cherry blossom viewing). This is because the people of Tohoku have a deep affection for sakura.