One of the most beautiful sights to see in Asia are the flowering Sakura or Japanese Cherry trees. These beautiful trees often conjure images of Japan and its famous cherry blossoms, but the genus of trees is found across the temperate zones of the Northern hemisphere. The Japanese cherry tree’s botanical name is the Prunus serrulata and besides Japan can be found in Taiwan, Korea, China, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Myanmar, Thailand, and the western parts of Siberia. The cherry blossom, together with the chrysanthemum is the national flower of Japan.
It was during the Heian period of Japan between 794 and 1185 AD that the Japanese changed their Hanami celebration customs and began lunching and drinking sake under the sakura. Previously the practice took part under the ume tree. In no time the custom was practiced by all the people of Japan and not just by the elite and Imperial Court and whole areas were planted to encourage the tradition.
The inspiration for Sakura comes from the Japanese Cherry blossoms and their delicate beauty
The Buddhist influence of the ephemeral nature of life is ingrained into the Japanese culture and tradition. When the cherry trees bloom, they do it as one, creating the same symbolism of the cloud or the transience of things. They transform the landscape with their beauty.
The Somei Yoshino is the most popular variety of the cherry trees grown in Japan and is characterized by its nearly pure white flowers that are tinged with the palest oink near the stem. The trees bloom before their leaves are formed and their pure white display only lasts for a week. This is compared to the beauty of women; much like the rose is elsewhere.
The Japanese cherry blossoms are in bloom from March to May and they have an intense bitter-sweet smell that blends and harmonizes well with other floral aromas. The soothing atmosphere of the cherry trees creates an energizing effect, just like the room fragrance created from sakura blossoms.
The oil extracted from the cherry blossom and its leaves is packed with antioxidants and essential acids. These, when added to beauty products, have the ability to repair the skin and give it a healthy shine. It is one of the best anti-aging agents around as it regenerates, whitens, evens out skin color and promotes the creation of collagen.
The trees have many uses; wood from the sakura tree can be used for homeware and baskets. Its extracts can also be used as a dye and as a medicine for the relief of illnesses of the throat and respiratory system.
The blossoms are used for culinary creations that include pickled, sweet delicacies and teas.
The aroma of Sakura, a room fragrance by Singapore Memories will beautify the atmosphere of any home and give it the ethereal atmosphere of the Far East. When in Singapore, take back Sakura as a souvenir or buy it as a corporate gift and let everyone experience the beauty of its aromas.