Okinawa’s Special Feature in Spring that turns the Mountains into Pink, the “Cherry Blossom Festival”
Okinawa has the longest summer, and the shortest winter, and the island is the first to welcome the season of spring.
The plant that tells the arrival of spring in Okinawa is the Taiwan Cherry (called the Kanhi Zakura in Japanese).
When mainland Japan is in the midst of winter season between January and February, Okinawa’s mountain (starting from the north down to south) begins to turn into pink. The Taiwan Cherry trees start to blossom, and there will be cherry blossom festival all around Okinawa.
The Taiwan Cherry is originally distributed in Southern China and Taiwan. If you include the hybrids, there are more than 600 species of these wild cherries.
The cherry has the color of the peach blossom, and the bell-shaped flower blooms towards the ground.
If you look closely at the flower, the color depth differs between trees.
Unlike the mountain cherry and the Yoshino cherry that have short blooming period, the Taiwan cherry blooms about one month, and the flower will fall afterwards when the wind blows.
The cherry blossom party is more of like taking a walk, viewing upward to the Taiwan cherries that appear like its bowing down.
It’s quite different from the blossom party in mainland Japan, where sitting and drinking under the tree is typical.
Come take a walk under the pink cherry blossom road, and enjoy Okinawa’s spring feature.
Recommended Events where you can enjoy Cherry Blossom
January 23rd, 2016 ～ February 7th. （planned）
38th Motobu Yaedake Cherry Blossom Festival
The Earliest Cherry Blossom Festival in Japan
January 23rd, 2016 ~ February 7th, 2016.
9th Nakijin Gusuku Sakura Festival
World Heritage Castle Ruins and cherry blossom Illumination creates magical world. Come enjoy the beautiful lighting.