A cherry blossom tree in Mushishi
|Plant Name||Cherry blossom|
The cherry blossom is a plant in the Cerasus subgenus, which is in the Prunus genus of the Rosaceae family. It is also called Sakura (Japanese: さくら) in Japanese. In ACGN works, cherry blossoms and things based upon cherry blossoms sometimes appear.
The cherry blossom is mainly found in Japan, the Korean Peninsula, and China, its color is mostly pink.
Cherry blossoms and human culture
Ever since its extensive plantation and growing, the cherry blossom is now recognized as the national flower of Japan. In ACGN works, cherry blossoms are often the symbol of Japan, and characters who wear cherry blossoms/have a cherry blossom motif may be Japanese.
In Japan, the cherry blossom can symbolize love or kindness. Also, characters with the name "Sakura" may be associated with this flower. Cherry blossom watching is also a common scenery in Japan, which is also used in some ACGN works. In the Northern Hemisphere, cherry blossoms bloom from March to April, which is the time for graduation ceremonies in Japan. Because of this, some high school graduation ceremonies in Japanese anime and manga feature a scenery of cherry blossoms.
Cherry blossoms in ACG
- Flower Knight Girl: Flower Knight Girl:Sakura's archetype is the cherry blossom. See also her variations: Flower Knight Girl:Bakery Girl Sakura and Flower Knight Girl:Sakura (Swimsuit).
- Wedding Peach: Wedding Peach's symbol is the cherry blossom.
- Cardcaptor Sakura: Sakura Kinomoto is associated with cherry blossoms.
- Shikihime Garden: Sakura's archetype is the cherry blossom.