The cherry blossom (sakura) is Japan's unofficial national flower. It has been celebrated for many centuries and holds a very prominent position. Cherry blossom blooming forecast (date of first bloom). A complete guide to cherry blossom season at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Check the cherry blossom status map. Learn where all the flowering. The Japanese government agreed to support this development as a sign of thanks for the respectful treatment of their war dead; the development also received funding from the Australian government and private entities. Currently it is widely distributed, especially in the temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere including Japan, China, Korea, West Siberia, Iran, Pakistan, India, Canada, and the United States. Osaka Osaka Mar 3-Apr. The pleasant park is a perfect place for hanami picnics. Tokugawa Yoshimune planted areas of cherry blossom trees to encourage this. The first trees were planted in November of that year near Glienicker Bridge. The first Cherry Blossom Queen of Hamburg will be crowned by the Cherry Blossom Queen of Japan on May Japan's Top Cherry Blossom Spots — GoJapanGo. The former castle grounds are covered by cherry trees. Its centerpiece is a large weeping cherry tree that gets lit up in the evenings. The yaezakura have large flowers, thick with rich pink petals. The saga continues in Jeju Island.