Last updated: July 16, 2019
Topic: ArtDance
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In Japan, the people celebrate many traditional festivals called  “Matsuri.” They celebrate The Cherry Blossom (Hanami), New Year (Shogatsu), and The Bean-Throwing (Setsubun) and many other festivals. Some can last for several days or weeks. They gather at shrines or temples for important ceremonies. For entertainment people sing and dance to the Taiko, which is the japanese drum. They have festivals for all seasons and many others that have different meanings and their  specific costumes. Many of Japan’s traditional festivals have changed over time to modern day and some of them are celebrated elsewhere  in the world.April 2nd is a very important day for the Japanese. This is the day they gather together and celebrate the cherry blossoms that have been gifted with. This special day is called Hannami which means viewing flowers. The festival last about a week’s time. In this week the cherry blossoms fully bloom and soon fall and die. The most renowned view of the cherry blossom festival is atop of Mount Fuji.  In Japan, the traditional philosophy is about the transience which is the state of lasting for a short time. The cherry blossom symbolizes the transience of the human life. This is not directly quoted but can be concluded. The fallen flowers resemble a samurai warrior that has sacrificed his life for the emperor. The cherry blossom festival is also celebrated in Washington DC. It is said that the first time the cherry blossom trees were sent to the United States they died. In 1906 David Fairchild an official  in Washington DC, imported 100 cherry tree seeds to some property he had in Maryland to see if they would grow. In 1912 the Japanese sent over 3,000 seeds which turned out to be healthy and lived for many years. In 1935, the first cherry blossom festival was held. But after the pearl harbor attack in 1941 four cherry trees were cut down. While all this was happening the cherry trees were spreading all around the U.S.  Three years later, The Japanese send over more than 2,000 small trees that were planted near the Potomac River. It was a symbol of their growing friendship but then those trees were infested by insects and roundworms.  The U.S secretary talked to the ambassador of Japan to avoid any confrontation. There was a promise that was made which stated that if any trees were to be killed or infected, the Japanese would replace the them. The Japanese soon renewed their promises to send over more cherry seeds. In today’s modern cherry blossom festival they eat different types foods like onigiri which is tightly packed rice balls that can be plain, or salty. They can also be filled with pickled plums, cooked salmon pieces and tuna with mayonnaise. The onigiri are usually white but some people dye it a pink in honor for the Sakura trees. They serve Miso which is a japanese cuisine that comes with a miso-based sauce and these are also dyed pink or white for the festival. They also cook side dishes like tamagoyaki which is a rolled egg omelet with sugar or sauce. Their deserts consist of a red paste called anko and mochi. In a video they said that     There is a saying the originated thousands of years ago that states that an aristocrat liked looking at cherry blossoms and soon was inspired to write poems about them.