Japan National Tourism Organisation promote their cherry blossoming season exceptionally well, translating it all into english for us and then focusing on the plants as opposed to all the other peripheral human celebratory events that often come along with this special, transitory period. For an overview of major western cherry blossom festivals see our 2014 post, but this year we highlight the web and graphic design of the Japan National Tourism Organisation’s super website. For any of us that are lucky enough to be planning a trip, it usefully supplies us with the vital information we need upon which we can research further detail. This includes: Where in Japan to see the best blossoms mapped, what the expected arrival times are in each location, the peak blooming time based on historical data, and then how these timings relate to other areas. The latter is important, as it enables us to plan our itinerary and Hanami party chase around Japan. If you would rather plan your trip around particular varieties of cherry, other parts of the website can help you do that too. With things starting in Fukuoka as early as 20 March it’s time to get organised. For those of us who can’t make it to Japan, a similarly functioning website for the UK’s wild daffodils or bluebells would help us make better use of our own iconic species blooming seasons.
Above the web page gives us a map of blooming locations. Underneath this is a list of these locations with peak blooming times relative to each other. When clicked, we are taken to regional information with start times recorded over the last 10+ years plus photo gallery.