Sakura (Japanese Cherry)

We can see various motifs of sakura in many things.

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One of the most typical sakura designs.
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multidesign
yaezakura
Yaezakura (“yae” means “double-flowered”)
kozakura
Kozakura (“ko” means “small” and “zakura” is transferred from “sakura”)
* When two words are united in one word, the pronunciation of the initial letter ‘s’ chenged to ‘z’ in the latter word.

In many primary school, teachers affix such stamps to evaluate students results of homework or exam.
The more petals the sakura has, the result is better.

Very well done!
Very well done!
Well done!
Do your best!
Do your best!

Today, the word ‘sakura’ often means Someiyoshino, but it was originally Yamazakura (Mountain Cherry).
In addition, Yamazakura has a sharp-pointed petal crest.

Like many other plants, sakura has long been used as a family crest.

sakura family crest
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family crest maru ni sakura (cherry blossom in a circle)
maru ni sakura (cherry blossom in a circle)
family crest yamazakura
Yamazakura
family crest neji yamazakura
Neji-yamazakura