Cherry blossoms bloom the world over, but the cherry blossom festival originated in Japan and is something of a national symbol. The transience of the blooms, their quick beauty and sudden death, remind viewers of the ephemerality of nature. During World War II cherry blossoms were often painted on the sides of kamikaze pilots’ planes, and at Japanese memorials cherry blossom trees can always be found.
Though the leaves are mildly toxic, cherry blossoms can be pickled in salt and are used to decorate cakes and other confectionaries.
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