Japan's Sakura Culture: Cherry Blossoms Explained with Marcin Tatarczuk

Japan's Sakura Culture: Cherry Blossoms Explained with Marcin Tatarczuk


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Description

Sakura cherry blossoms are a symbol of Japan appreciated for more than 1000 years. A flower that inspired generations of Japanese, a symbol of joy but also sadness. Join a local expert and discover the fascinating story behind one of the most recognizable flowers in the world.

Sakura has inspired generations of Japanese, loved not only by Emperors and samurais but also common people. No other flower is anticipated as much, millions of people every year wait to head for their best viewing spots with sakura flavored sweets in one hand, sake or beer in the other.

In the first part of the seminar, we will focus on sakura’s history and its symbolism during different periods of time. We will learn what is sakura, where it comes from, and how it became what it is today. We will also discover the customs connected with hanami - the flower viewing. In the second part of our seminar, we will talk about what one needs for hanami and check the best viewing spots in the country. For future visitors to Japan, this seminar is sure to give some insider tips on where to view these iconic cherry blossoms.

Led by an expert on Japanese culture, history, folklore, and religion, Marcin Tatarczuk, this interactive seminar will focus on revealing the story behind the Japanese’s most known symbol - sakura. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with increased knowledge of Japanese culture and a possible plan for their next trip to Japan.

About Your Expert

Marcin is a Ph.D. Candidate at Kyoto University, studying Folk culture in contemporary Japan. In his spare time, he enjoys walking through Kyoto's streets rediscovering its secrets. He also enjoys riding his Kawasaki motorcycle, seeking more remote and hidden places. Marcin has lived in Kyoto for 11 years and worked for Context as a guide for the last 4 years.

Audience

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

Duration

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Thelma OGrady (Vancouver, CA)
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Really well done! I especially enjoyed the historical perspective!

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Marty h (The Bronx, US)
Sakura Meaning

Very informative overview of Sakura, its provenance and contribution to Japanese culture and customs.

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Thelma OGrady (Vancouver, CA)
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Really well done! I especially enjoyed the historical perspective!

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Marty h (The Bronx, US)
Sakura Meaning

Very informative overview of Sakura, its provenance and contribution to Japanese culture and customs.