Nishinomaru Garden
Japan, Osaka

Nishinomaru Garden, every year attracts many tourists from different parts of the world. The garden is located near Osaka Castle. It covers an area of approximately 64,000 square meters. meters west of the main tower. About 600 sakura trees grow in the garden, attracting visitors. At night, the main tower of the castle and cherry trees are illuminated by floodlights. One of the main events in Osaka, which attracts many tourists, is the sakura blossom festival, also known as the khans (admiring sakura flowers). On local television, a forecast is given every day - the percentage of sakura blossoms. In the days of the fullest flowering in the park, a large number of people gather both visitors and local residents. Some just walk along the paths, admiring the soft pink color. Others settle down under trees on special bedding, marking the arrival of spring. A sign of special luck is considered if the flower petal falls into the bowl with sake. Sakura blossom, which marks the end of winter and the arrival of spring, is of great symbolic importance in the life of the Japanese. In ancient times, the cherry tree was considered the residence of the gods. When the flowers were fully blooming, people brought food and sake to the tree to guarantee a good harvest in the fall. Today, while some simply admire the sakura flowers, others settle down under the trees with family and friends and eat an o-bento lunch brought with them in a box, sipping sake.