How to Make a Ritual Out of Cherry Blossom Season

Cherry blossom season, or "Sakura" season as it's known in Japan, is a time of breathtaking beauty and meaningful symbolism. As nature shows us when pink petals blossom on the trees, the spring is a time of renewal, hope, and a reminder of the ephemeral nature of life. At KIM+ONO, we turn toward ritual to make moments even more meaningful. So embracing this cherry blossom season as a ritual can instill a sense of mindfulness, gratitude, and appreciation for the beauty around you into this time. Today in the journal, we'll explore the symbolism and meaning of cherry blossoms — a beautiful component of many of our floral kimono robes — delve into the history of the cherry blossom season in Japan, and discover creative ways to bring the spiritual meaning of this season into your everyday life. Discover how to make a cherry blossom ritual of your own!

Cherry Blossom & Crane Kimono Robe
Photo by @joanandandre
The Symbolism and Meaning of Cherry Blossoms

Cherry blossoms are infused with deep symbolism in a variety of cultures, but they are most commonly associated with Japanese culture. In Japan, cherry blossoms symbolize the transient nature of life, beauty, and renewal. They serve as a reminder to cherish each moment and appreciate the fleeting beauty that surrounds us. The brief blooming period of cherry blossoms, usually lasting only a week or two, parallels the ephemeral nature of life itself, urging us to live fully in the present moment. It’s for this reason that we’ve used the symbol of the cherry blossom on so many of our silky floral robes. Whether Charmeuse or Silk, the cherry blossom floats through the designs of our floral kimono robes, imbuing them with the beauty of this season.

In many cultures beyond Japan, cherry blossoms also represent purity, love, and the arrival of spring. Their delicate petals and soft hues inspire artists, poets, and nature enthusiasts alike, evoking feelings of joy, serenity, and wonder when added to art. Whether you’re wearing a black floral kimono robe with cherry blossoms handpainted onto the silk, or displaying vintage Asian art with cherry blossoms at the center of it, you’re infusing your season with the meaningful beauty of these symbolic flowers.

Handpainted Silk Cherry Blossom Kimono Robe
Photo by Miranda Taylor De Lay
The History of Cherry Blossom Season in Japan

The tradition of cherry blossom viewing, known as "Hanami," has been a cherished cultural practice in Japan for centuries. The practice dates back to the Nara period (710-794), where aristocrats would gather to appreciate the beauty of cherry blossoms and compose poetry under the flowering trees. Over time, Hanami evolved into a widespread cultural phenomenon, enjoyed by people from all walks of life.

In modern-day Japan, Hanami remains a time-honored tradition. During cherry blossom season, parks, gardens, and streets are adorned with blooming cherry trees, attracting crowds of locals and tourists alike. Picnics, parties, and leisurely strolls beneath the blossoms are common ways to celebrate this magical time of year.

Whether you can get to Hanami or another cherry blossom festival or not, you can certainly celebrate the season with a walk through nature in your own silk floral robe. Even just the intentional act of slipping into the symbol of the cherry blossom can inspire a deep breath and a connection to the magic of the ephemeral season.

Cherry Blossom & Crane Kimono Robe
Photo by Miranda Taylor De Lay
Ways to Celebrate Cherry Blossom Season

Even if you're not in Japan, you can still celebrate cherry blossom season in your own unique way. Here are a few ideas to infuse your surroundings with the spirit of Sakura:

  1. Plant Your Own Cherry Tree Consider planting a cherry tree in your garden or community space to enjoy the beauty of cherry blossoms year after year.
  1. Host a Hanami Picnic: Gather your friends and family for a picnic in a local park or garden. Bring along some Japanese-inspired snacks and drinks, and enjoy the beauty of nature together. Wear your favorite silky floral robe for an added meaningful touch to the day.
  1. Visit a Botanical Garden: Many botanical gardens feature cherry blossom trees in their collections. Take a leisurely stroll through the garden and marvel at the beauty of the blossoms. Slip into a black floral kimono robe as a lightweight layer and take photos for a breathtaking memory.
  1. Attend a Cherry Blossom Festival: Check if there are any cherry blossom festivals or events happening in your area. These festivals often feature cultural performances, food vendors, and arts and crafts activities. If you’re in San Francisco, you can celebrate with performances and parades from April 13th-21st!
  1. Create Cherry Blossom Art: Get creative and make cherry blossom-themed art or crafts. You could paint a cherry blossom landscape, create origami cherry blossoms, or even design your own cherry blossom-inspired fashion accessories to go with your silk floral robe.
Handpainted Silk Cherry Blossom Kimono Robe
Photo by @joanandandre
Journaling About New Beginnings

Cherry blossom season is a time of renewal and new beginnings, making it the perfect opportunity to reflect on your goals, dreams, and aspirations. Journaling can be a powerful tool for self-discovery and personal growth. We recommend creating a ritual around this practice. Heighten the experience by lighting your favorite candle, brewing a cup of tea, and slipping into your floral kimono robe. Bring all your sense to attention with intention.

Here are some journal prompts to help you explore new beginnings during cherry blossom season:

  1. Reflect on the past year: Take some time to reflect on the past year and acknowledge your accomplishments, challenges, and lessons learned. Putting pen to paper helps the lessons solidify in your mind, as opposed to having just passing thoughts.
  1. Set intentions for the future: What are your hopes and dreams for the future? Write down your intentions and goals for the coming months or years. Sometimes you may think you know what you want, but once you go to write it down, it reveals itself as more or less important to you.
  1. Embrace change: Like cherry blossoms, life is constantly evolving and changing. How can you embrace change and cultivate a sense of resilience and adaptability? What are ways you’ve changed for the better? How can you welcome change into your life this season?
  1. Practice gratitude: Take a moment to express gratitude for the blessings in your life, both big and small. What are you thankful for right now? In what ways are you supported and resourced in your life?

Cherry blossom season offers a meaningful moment in the course of everyday life to embrace the beauty of nature, reflect on new beginnings, and celebrate life’s fleeting nature. Whether you're enjoying the blossoms in Japan or creating your own Hanami tradition wherever you are, let this magical time of year inspire you to live with mindfulness, gratitude, and a sense of wonder.

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