Cherry blossoms, known in Japan as sakura, are well-known around the world for their radiant, delicate, and transient beauty. However, they are more than simply beautiful trees, as Sakura has strong ties to Japan’s history, culture, and identity. Originally used to divine the year’s harvest, sakura came to embody wabi-sabi philosophy and Shinto ideals of impermanence, hope, and renewal and are now one of Japan’s most iconic natural symbols.
For many Japanese, the blooming of the cherry blossom trees symbolizes human life, transience, and nobleness. The Japanese love to include sakura in their general life tableware design, such as sake cups, bowls, plates, etc.