Monday, 6 May 2013

The Nature/Culture Connection- 
Celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival

The Spark:
The Japanese celebrate the cherry blossom festival, a breathtaking spectacle of cherry blossoms that bloom between the months of March through early May.  This beloved tree has spectacular pink blooms and it is a custom for the Japanese people to picnic under their beautiful branches.  Be quick, though, because the blooms only last a few days!  This custom is celebrated to foster empathy, to cleanse ones soul, and to mark new beginnings.  Snap a few pictures, marvel at their delicate beauty, and enjoy their fleeting presence.  They are sure to put a smile on your face and a picnic is a perfect way to spend a sunny, springtime afternoon!

Start your adventure by looking for the cherry blossoms when they are in full bloom in your town.  This festival offers you a chance to connect to nature while learning a bit about diverse cultures and how nature is reflected in their celebrations.

Are you interested in starting your cultural celebrations quest to celebrate the cherry blossom festival?  Calling all Super Natural Superheroes to ACTIVATE!  Let's immerse ourselves in the Japanese culture to learn a bit about how nature plays a part in this most spectacular celebration.  Start your quest with the question WHY?

Start Your Quest:
Why:  To connect to nature by learning a bit about the Japanese cherry blossom festival.
What:  To look for cherry blossoms, pack a picnic, take a camera, head out to the park and marvel at the beautiful pink blooms.
Where:  In your town where there are blooming cherry trees.
Who:  You, your family, friends, and your dog,
When:  Between the months of March through May.
How:  Find out below.  It's a S.N.CH., or is it?

Take Action:

1.  Before you begin your adventure in your town, click on this link:  Adventures in your hometown.

2.  Look for Sakuras- Japanese Cherry blossom trees in your town or do a little research to find out when the cherry blossom festival is happening in your town:

3.  Pack yourself, your family, your friends, and your dog a lovely picnic and follow the crowds of people as they join in on the celebrations:

4.  Look up and enjoy the cherry blossom tree blooms:  

5.  Go on a cherry blossom tour to find out about the Japanese custom of the cherry blossom festival:

6.  Find your favourite tree:

7.  Set up your picnic blanket under the cherry blossom trees.  Enjoy!

Don't Stop Here:
Keep on researching and finding out more about cultural festivals that mark the changes in nature from one season to the next.  Find out about the symbols, meaning, and festival customs are.  Don't forget, if you have a hunch about something just drop us an email and we'll give your hunch a whirl and get back to you.

Quest Check:
We are very interested in keeping you interested in finding out more about nature so keep checking back with us on a regular basis to find out if your interests match our quests.

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