Postcards: Cherry Blossoms Around the World

Cherry blossoms, the national flower of Japan, are ripe with symbolism. These delicate flowers, with their brief but powerful blooming season, epitomize the impermanent, fleeting nature of life, and are associated with mortality and the acceptance of destiny. After a week of global terrorism and tragedy, these beautiful flowers could not have arrived at a more perfect time.

While Japan has a long history of cherry blossoms, it is not the only country celebrating their arrival this year. Here are Instagram photos from North America, Europe and Asia of this year's cherry blossoms.

JAPAN

Birdy in Yokohama again #blossoms #cherryblossoms #blossomtree #sakura #hanami #bird #japan

A photo posted by Ashleigh Brown (@massshers) on

USA

Fantastic sunrise this morning at peak bloom of the Cherry Blossoms 🌸👌 #igdc

A photo posted by Andy Feliciotti 🔥 (@someguy) on

CANADA

FRANCE

HUNGARY

Ah, Spring...! 🌸

A photo posted by @deerbeck on

INDIA

SOUTH KOREA

Germany

#Cherryblossoms in #Mauerpark 😍🌼🍒 #spring #beautiful #Berlin #Easter #Holidays

A photo posted by Carolina 👱 (@carolinapvieira) on

CHINA

Good Morning Shanghai ♡ #cherryblossoms #orientalpearltower #shanghai

A photo posted by Lauren Roos (@lauren_roos) on


More:
To visit Washington, DC's cherry blossom festival, check out their website.
To find blooming cherry blossoms in Vancouver, BC, Canada, visit their website.
To learn more about cherry blossoms in Japan, take a look at their website.