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The Japanese and Cherry blossoms - Nihonjin to Sakura

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The Japanese and cherry blossoms

Like many other Japanese, I love cherry blossoms. Cherry blossoms are one of the national flowers of Japan (the other one is the chrysanthemum). It is beautiful in full bloom and gracious even when scattered. The Japanese often find beauty in something transient. I think cherry blossoms appeal to the aesthetic sense of the Japanese. I always feel happy when I see them, but at the same time its short life makes me sad.

Japanese Translation

日本人と桜

多くの日本人がそうであるように、私は桜が大好きです。桜は日本の国花のひとつでもあります。(もうひとつは菊です。)満開の桜はとてもきれいだし、散っていくときでさえ優美です。日本人はしばし、はかないものに美を見出します。桜はそういった日本人の美意識に訴えるものがあると思います。私は桜を見るといつもとてもうれしくなるのですが、同時にそのはかない命に寂しさも感じてしまいます。

Romaji Translation

Ooku no nihonjin ga sou de aru youni, watashi wa sakura ga daisuki desu. Sakura wa nihon no kokka no hitotsu demo arimasu. (Mou hitotsu wa kiku desu.) Mankai no sakura wa totemo kirei dashi, chitte iku toki de sae yuubi desu. Nihonjin wa shibashi, hakanai mono ni bi o miidashimasu. Sakura wa sou itta nihonjin no biishiki ni uttaeru mono ga aru to omoimasu. Watashi wa sakura o miru to itsumo totemo ureshikunaru no desu ga, doujini sono hakanai inochi ni sabishisa mo kanjiteshimaimasu.

Note: The translation is not always literal.

Beginner's Phrases

Cherry blossoms are one of the national flowers of Japan.

  • Sakura wa nihon no kokka no hitotsu desu.
  • さくらは にほんの こっかの ひとつです。
  • 桜は日本の国花のひとつです。

Learn More

"Kokka" also means "national anthem." In this case it is written as 国歌 with the kanji characters for "country" and "song."

Check out "Proverbial Flowers" to learn Japanese proverbs including flowers.

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