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->'' ôSuch a special feeling these petals give to the human heart. Where one story ends, another begins. Such is the way of the Sakura tree. A tale spoken with each bloom.”''
-->-- '''Michael Garcia''', ''Literature/TheImpossibleMan''
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A common symbolic element in anime and other Japanese media, falling ''sakura'' petals have several interconnected meanings, depending on who they are falling on and the context thereof. Cherry trees bloom en masse in early spring, usually in the month of April, but the white-to-coral petals shed and rot very quickly and the peak bloom is only a week or two. There is a celebration called ''hanami'' associated with the peak bloom, which often entails picnics and drinking with old friends under the cherry trees.

Sakura season is thus a highly visible sign of spring, the beauty of nature, renewal of life, and first love...but can also represent the transiency and fragility of beauty, life (especially a samurai's life), and love. Since the meanings are highly romantic, the sakura motif is especially common in media aimed to the ''{{shoujo}}'' audience.

Japanese symbolism also connects cherry blossoms with death; a famous story by Kajii Motojirou speculates that cherry blossoms gain their ethereal beauty from dead bodies buried beneath the trees. Anime will sometimes take this further, putting a body beneath a cherry blossom and turning the petals pink or a deep red. (The fact that they last, at most, two weeks is a more mundane contribution to the symbolism.) When it doesn't show any romantic subtext, it can simply be used for a nice SceneryPorn.

As the Japanese academic year begins in April and ends in March, scenes of graduation from high school or the coming of a new [[NewTransferStudent transfer student]] are often given atmosphere with a liberal sprinkling of cherry blossoms in the air. In this context, sakura evokes both the "new beginning" of spring and the transiency of passing from one stage of life to another.

Sakura also happens to be a somewhat common name for women and men in Japan, and as such, characters in anime and video games will often show up bearing the name, such as in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', ''StreetFighter'', ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' (naturally), and even ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3''. See CherryBlossomGirl for uses with characters with strong themes of this. See also PetalPower for attacks that actually use Cherry Blossoms.

Not to be confused with [[CherylBlossom the trope]] currently titled ThirdOptionLoveInterest, or the [[Franchise/ArchieComics Trope Namer thereof]], although this is the likely origin of her name (without any of the attendant symbolism). Also not to be confused with [[https://vcbfblog.wordpress.com/2013/03/28/cherry-versus-plum-blossoms-whats-the-difference/ the similar-looking plum blossom]], or ''meihua'', though it has similarly symbolic connotations in China.


[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/DotHackLegendOfTheTwilight'': an early episode sees the characters trying to clear an event by making a (virtual) sakura tree bloom. The trick to it is to figure out that an undead monster ("body") is buried underneath it and defeat it. Of course, things don't go as planned by the event organizers...
* Did you know that the rate that Cherry Blossoms fall is ''Anime/FiveCentimetersPerSecond''?
* Cherry blossoms are more or less ubiquitous in ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi''. The theme is echoed in the name of the lead character Sakuraba Aoi and in the sakura blossom motif on the obi she almost always wears.
* In ''Manga/{{Amanchu}}'', Hikari and Futaba [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship share a romantic moment]] while they walk through a lane flanked by blooming sakura trees.
* ''Manga/{{ARIA}}'' has the scene in which Alicia and Akari visit the remote part of an island, where a huge sakura tree blooms, covering the abandoned train car under it with cherry blossoms.
* When Japan makes his first appearance in the anime version of ''WebComic/AxisPowersHetalia'' he has cherry blossoms falling around him. He also occasionally appears with them in official artwork. JustifiedTrope as cherry blossoms are one of Japan's national flowers.
** He also invites America to celebrate ''hanami'' with him.
** Japan's {{gender flip}}ped self wears a cherry-blossom shaped hairpin.
* One of the most poignant episodes of ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' involves "flower watching," and showing how three sets of friends (Yukari and Nyamo, Tomo and Yomi, and Kagura and Chiyo) enjoy the spectacle of the cherry trees in bloom in their own ways.
* Another example playing up the death angle: ''[[Manga/{{Gunnm}} Battle Angel Alita: Last Order]]'' has Zekka converting a space-station-consuming giant blob (and presumably the preceding fight's casualties) into a giant cherry tree by ''karate chopping it.'' This is instantly labeled a miracle.
* Cherry blossoms are featured in a significant context twice in ''LightNovel/BeyondTheBoundary''. The first instance is in the first episode, when Akihito decides to help Mirai kill the youmu in her apartment, thus creating a truce between the two and signaling the start of their friendship. The second is in the sequel movie, ''Beyond the Boundary: I'll Be Here'', where cherry blossoms are part of a [[{{Tearjerker}} heartbreaking scene]] where [[spoiler:Mirai, having [[LaserGuidedAmnesia lost her memories]], is begging Akihito to tell her who she is and what exactly their relationship is with each other.]]
* Whenever the two sisters in ''Manga/BinbouShimaiMonogatari'' share an intimate moment--which is several times per episode--the screen gets filled with a flurry of cherry blossoms.
* {{Invoked}} twice in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Captain Shunsui Kyouraku likes the aesthetic of falling sakura, so he has his subordinates drop them on him as he enters battle. And Byakuya Kuchiki's [[SpecialAttack special move]] is [[DeathOfAThousandCuts a thousand tiny but deadly blades]] (or a nigh-infinite number of them, in Bankai), which reflect light to look like sakura floating on the wind.
* Sneakily used in ''Manga/CandyCandy'', a series that ''lacks'' any other Japanese symbolism since it's set in the USA. The grounds shared by the nursing school that Candy attends and the nearby hospital that she works in have several of these, and they just ''happen'' to be in full bloom when [[spoiler: Mr. [=McDermott=], a CoolOldGuy whom Candy holds an InterGenerationalFriendship deal with, [[GoOutWithASmile passes away in peace]] after a long illness.]]
* Creator/{{CLAMP}} are addicted to cherry blossoms (among other {{shoujo}} tropes), using both sides of the metaphorical coin (petal?). The most prominent uses of sakura appear in ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' (where they represent the hope and youth of the main character, though they aren't actually Sakura's motif, which is wings), in ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' (where they are once again connected to Sakura as a symbol of hope, but also represent her vulnerability), and ''Manga/TokyoBabylon''[=/=]''Manga/{{X1999}}'' (where they represent betrayal and death lurking behind beauty).
** ''Manga/TokyoBabylon'' is the source of a popular story where cherry blossoms are dyed pink from the blood of corpses resting beneath them. Sakurazukamori, the 'assassin of the cherry blossom tree' buries their victims under a sakura tree and are 'fed' to it. The tree in return feeds the Sakurazukamori its power. It's likely inspired by Kajii Motojirou's 1927 story called 'Under the Cherry Trees', which begins with the phrase 'dead bodies are buried under the cherry trees.'
* ''Manga/CatGod'' has Yoshino, the goddess of cherry blossoms. Mayu helps Yoshino get back the blooming ash (that Mayu was responsible for losing in the first place) so the viewing can take place.
* Yasako from ''Anime/DennouCoil'' has cherry blossoms rain down on her while she [[spoiler:has her (probably) last]] phone conversation with Isako.
* In ''Manga/DescendantsOfDarkness'', the bureaucratic headquarters of the afterlife are surrounded by sakura in eternal bloom, representing how time has stopped for the dead and they remain forever as they were in life. Hisoka was also killed (and raped) by Muraki under a cherry tree in full bloom, and when they meet again in the manga, Muraki reminds him of their meeting "beneath the cherry trees where corpses sleep."
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' features several examples of this trope, and often as proofs in the cases to solve:
** The seventh NonSerialMovie shows that the Hattori family's house in Osaka has a cherry tree in its yard, right next to Heiji's bedroom window. It also involves the blooming cherry trees in Kyoto [[spoiler: where Heiji saw his first love, a little girl in a very fancy kimono, many years ago. He spends quite a part of the movie searching hints about who could she be... [[FirstgirlAfterAll and it turns out]] she was Kazuha, his {{Tsundere}} love interest, who had been dolled up in a cute kimono by her Kyoto relatives.]]
** In the series proper, the "Mist Goblin" case is triggered by Kogoro taking Conan and Ran out to a famous cherry blossom watching spot right out of Tokyo. Then they have to stay at a nearby Buddhist temple, but the lead priest dies all of a sudden... [[spoiler: And finding some cherry petals where they should '''not''' go is what allows Conan to unlock the mystery.]]
** Cherry blossoms are pointed out to be the motif behind the emblem of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Police_Agency_(Japan) National Police Agency]]. This becomes a plot point in [[ADayInTheLimelight a series of cases]] focused on [[spoiler: Inspector Ninzaburou Shiratori]], a person who [[spoiler: has been deeply in love [[ChildhoodFriendRomance ever since childhood]] with a girl who told him about the meaning of cherry blossoms for the Police and gave him some ''sakura'' made out of paper straws, inspiring him to become a policeman.]] [[spoiler: He believes for a long time that ActionGirl Sato was [[BecauseDestinySaysSo his "girl of destiny"]] (leading to the LoveTriangle with Takagi), but later he finds out that [[FirstGirlAfterAll his fated love has always been]] CoolTeacher Kobayashi, [[OfficialCouple and soon they get together]].]]
** It's [[LampshadeHanging made even more anvilicious]] by [[ThemeNaming the cherry blossom-themed names of these manga chapters/anime episodes]], by [[http://www.mangareader.net/139-8736-1/detective-conan/chapter-689.html one of the chapter covers]] featuring Shiratori and Conan standing under a blooming cherry tree ''and'' a slight shower of sakura petals, by the murder victim's name sounding a LOT like the Japanese name of the most popular [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_%C3%97_yedoensis cherry variety in the country]], and by how, right after [[spoiler: Shiratori sees Kobayashi for the first time after many years and has his LoveEpiphany]], Conan and Ai notice that a bunch of nearby cherry trees are in bloom...
** In the [[http://www.detectiveconanworld.com/wiki/Secret_of_my_heart ninth ED sequence of the series]], Ran is seen sadly singing the ending song itself while she's standing under a blooming cherry tree.
** The ''Anime/LupinIIIVsDetectiveConan'' TV special has a very important, plot-wise, cherry tree from the land of Vespania. Underneath it, Prince Gill [[AccidentalMurder accidentally]] [[SelfmadeOrphan shot his mother]] Queen Sakura dead and then [[MurderSuicide killed himself in grief]]... [[spoiler: ([[AlwaysMurder Or not]]).]]
** Cherry blossoms are also seen all around in [[WholeEpisodeFlashback chapters 921-924]] of the manga, [[spoiler: which depict how [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Shinichi and Ran met each other]].]] [[spoiler: Their daycare group was named the "Sakura Group", little!Ran made a sakura-shaped name tag for herself (after Kogoro accidentally broke hers) and another for little!Shinichi (after he told her he had lost his own - he hadn't, but he said he did [[CannotSpitItOut in an attempt to befriend her]]), and under the direction of their daycare teacher, the whole group goes say hi to said teacher's IllGirl wife, whose hospital room's window is right next to a bunch of blooming cherries, [[ReplacementGoldfish unaware of the actual reasons]] [[LoveMakesYouCrazy why they're doing it]]...]]
** Chapters 850-852 feature a WholeEpisodeFlashback from CoolTeacher Jodie, who remembers a murder committed in the middle of a ''hanami'' (flower watching) day taking place at a [[ShrinesAndTemples Shinto shrine]]. Agasa and Conan have to work together to unmask the culprit.
* Cherry blossoms are shown falling in the first episode of ''Manga/ElfenLied''.
* The 4th opening song of ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' is titled "Sakura" and has "Cherry Blossom" repeated in the lyrics. The lyrics of the song is actually symbolic to the ending of the show.
* In the first episode of ''Anime/ExcelSaga'', we see a brief flashback to Excel's high school graduation. The cherry trees are in bloom, and Excel is singing the word "ACROSS" to a tune that sounds suspiciously like the traditional song "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sakura_Sakura Sakura Sakura]]". (Note that she's using the closest Japanese pronunciation, "akurasu". Say it a few times fast...)
** In one chapter of [[Manga/ExcelSaga the manga]], the Department of City Security has a picnic at a cherry blossom festival that the ACROSS girls are working at as vendors.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'' has ''glowing rainbow'' cherry blossoms. In one of the ''omake'' [[SickEpisode Lucy comes down with a cold]] the day before the annual Blossom Viewing Festival where the leaves of the titular tree turn rainbow-colored at night, and is naturally unable to go. Natsu and Happy feel bad for her, so [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming they uproot the tree and send it on a boat down the canal in front of her house that evening, allowing her to see it in all its beauty.]]
* Early in the first episode of ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic,'' Kaname enters the story showered in CherryBlossoms, depicting the very essence of love--until she starts shouting at her best friend for setting her up on a disastrous blind date.
** Likewise when Kaname suggests that Sousuke, weird as he is, might yet find a nice girl someday, a sudden gust of wind showers her with cherry blossoms (and gives us a gratuitous PantyShot), lampshading their future romance.
* ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' has the sakura trees in bloom (quite literally) at the end of Volume 1 when Miaka and Tamahome ([[spoiler:or Taka, depending on whether you follow the anime or the manga]]) meet again. As it's the beginning of the Japanese school year, this is justifiable.
* Not just the petals, but the dog himself in ''Manga/GingaNagareboshiGin''. In fact, Benizakura's name means "[[MeaningfulName Crimson Cherry Blossom]]". When he drowned while tying Mosa to a log underwater, his blood floats up to the surface to take on the shape of a cherry blossom.
* One of the more memorable moments in the ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' series involves the Yorozuya vs. the Shinsengumi in a [[RockPaperScissors rock-paper-scissors]] match to determine who will get the best spot at their own cherry blossom picnic. Fisticuffs and tequila are involved. (And in the animated adaptation, a HumongousMecha as well!)
* Cherry blossoms are a common motif in ''Manga/{{Hanayamata}}''. Naru's first meeting with Hana even involves her watching Hana dance among falling cherry blossom petals.
* ''[[VideoGame/HarukanaruTokiNoNakaDe Harukanaru Toki no Naka de - Hachiyou Shou]]'' has falling sakura petals in the beginning the opening, and a few instances within the series itself. And then, of course, there's the series' [[MultipleEndings ending(s)]]; judging from the picture collection, this also applies to the [[TrappedInAnotherWorld Kyou]] endings in the game's remake. After all, what can be more romantic than your favourite {{Bishonen}} meeting you under the blooming sakura trees?
** The opening theme for an earlier OAV, ''Harukanaru Toki no Naka de - Ajisai Yumegatari'' is "Sakura Fubuki" ("Cherry Petals Storm").
* Subverted in ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'', where one butler, who uses roses as a weapon, makes dramatic appearances amid falling blossoms, only for the scene to reveal a moment later his master following behind him with a basket of petals, showering him by the handful. Also used straight elsewhere, particularly with Isumi and when Hinagiku and Ayumu are walking home from work in one scene.
* A heartbreaking episode of ''Anime/HellGirl'' tells the true story of Yuzuki's past, and we see her [[spoiler:bury her mother in a mound of sakura petals]].
* ''Manga/HoneyAndClover'' uses the annual cherry blossom viewing party as a way to tie the storylines together once a year. Even though the original cast all move apart and have their own plot lines after a point, most of them still attend.
* ''Anime/TheIdolmaster'': Prominent in the final episode.
* ''Manga/KaitouSaintTail'' once had to steal a painting called "Cherry Blossoms"; the episode was filled with the actual flower.
* These show up prominently in ''Manga/KamisamaKiss'' when Jirou and Nanami first meet.
* In an episode of ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', Dr. Shamal infects Hibari with the 'Sakura-kura' disease at a cherry blossom picnic, rendering him weak whenever he so much as ''looks'' at them. The disease comes to bite him in the ass later when Mukuro conjures up an illusion of cherry blossoms during a crucial battle to weaken him, but Gokudera gives Hibari an antidote afterwards. He still hates looking at them now.
* In ''Manga/{{Kekkaishi}}'', there is a cherry tree that blooms out of season a lot. Every time this happens, the Kekkaishi have to stop the hordes of demons that come to the tree.
* The opening credits of ''Manga/LoveHina''--a show centered around romance--show the Hinata Inn amidst a grand flurry of cherry blossoms. And the opening theme is "''Sakura Saku''" ("the cherry blossoms will bloom"), no less. Subtle, it ain't.
* In the ''Franchise/LoveLive'' anime, it marks the beginning of the school year during the first three episodes.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''
** The final shot of the first season was a flurry of cherry blossom petals flying through the sky.
** At the ending of ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers StrikerS]]'', the Forwards are brought to a place filled with cherry blossoms from Earth for their graduation party, and Fate explains that the flowers symbolize a farewell and the beginning of a new season.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has these on occasion. Several special attacks of [[{{Samurai}} Setsuna]] ''Sakura''zaki also produce these. It also uses them in a somewhat more disturbing way: people who get erased by the Code of the Lifemaker explode into Cherry Blossoms when they go.
* The episode "Ichō no Naka no Sakura" of ''LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru'' uses the image of a sakura tree amidst ginkgo trees to describe Shimako's apparent aloofness. Both Shimako and sakura trees are also involved in arguably one of the series' most romantic moments, when Shimako picks sakura petals out of Noriko's hair.
* Played with in ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' when Haruhi makes cherry blossoms bloom in the wrong season for a dramatic effect for their student movie.
* Mizuki in ''Manga/{{Mokke}}'' at one time gets haunted by ghosts who attack her with cherry blossoms. No, really.
* Mocchi's first attack in ''Anime/MonsterRancher'' is the Cherry Blossom Blizzard.
* In ''Manga/{{Mushishi}}'', Ginko has to deal with a ''mushi''-infested cherry tree [[spoiler:that's connected to a girl whose beauty inspired ''several generations'' of men to keep her alive by grafting her head to other women's bodies]]. It blooms magnificently just once [[spoiler:when they both finally die]].
* Falling cherry blossoms (along with dramatic music and lighting) [[RunningGag highlight San's proclamations of mermaid chivalry]] in ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid''. The petals appear no matter her location. On at least one occasion, either Nagasumi or others [[LampshadeHanging have asked where the flower petals are coming from]].
-->"Where are these petals coming from? We're in the middle of the ocean!"
* Tony Tony Chopper of ''Manga/OnePiece'' has a lot of cherry-blossom themes (in his attacks and his character), which he got from his father figure, Dr. Hiruluk. Hiruluk was a quack doctor who believed in the power of miracles after one cured him of a fatal disease, and whose dream was to cause cherry-blossom bloom in the eternal winter of the Drum Kingdom. In the end, that dream does come true, resulting in one of the most heartwarming scenes in the series.
* ''Anime/PrettyCure'':
** During the first episode of ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'', Syrup is introduced leaning against a wall as cherry blossoms fall, all in shadow.
** These are the motif of Cure Blossom of ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure''.
** In ''Anime/GoPrincessPrettyCure'', Cure Flower's final key is the Sakura Key.
* ''Anime/RahXephon'' takes the "body beneath the cherry tree" theme and associates an aberrant blue-leaved tree with a member of a blue-blooded race of humans.
* Early episodes of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' highlight the birth of Ranma and Akane's relationship with a near-constant flutter of falling blossoms.
** Harumaki and Gyouko promised to meet each other and elope when the cherry trees bloomed. When the spirit of Harumaki goes on a date with female Ranma (who reminds him of his old love) he tries to find those same cherry trees, but is devastated to discover a construction site in their place. In the manga, this causes him to finally let go of the past, and peacefully return to his deathbed (he gets better) but in the anime, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming female Ranma convinces him that the trees are still there, he's just not looking hard enough]]. Sure thing, they all see the cherry trees and Harumaki is at peace.
*** The gag is, Harumaki and Gyouko have been married for decades, and Harumaki's just incredibly senile (even when he's ethereal), at least in the anime version (I forget about in the manga version).
* As one might gather [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin from the title]], ''Manga/TheRowsOfCherryTrees'' features a main motif of cherry blossoms. In fact, the story begins with an OpeningNarration that talks about the Sakura Girls' Institute, how it's located in a place named ''Sakuragaoka'' (Cherry Blossom Hill), how it's chock full of cherry trees themselves...
* During the Kyoto Arc in ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', Kenshin daydreams of a blood red plum blossoms falling in front of him into a stream. Plum blossoms have a similar symbolism for spring and female beauty and purity. Kenshin's first Tomoe Yukishiro used a plum blossom perfume and they are used as a symbol for her, especially in the OVA.
** The climactic departure of Kenshin to Kyoto also happens under a shower of cherry blossoms.
** In the Seisouhen OVA, [[spoiler:Kenshin and Kaoru are TogetherInDeath beneath the blossoms]].
* Being the [[HasTwoMommies mothers]] of all [[AloofAlly Aloof Allies]], Uranus and Neptune from ''Manga/SailorMoon'' are immediately surrounded by pink petals in their [[InTheNameOfTheMoon introduction]]. [[SubvertedTrope However, they're actually pink roses.]] Sailor Saturn, after [[spoiler:being reverted to child form]], actually is associated with cherry blossoms, thanks to her power sphere of death and rebirth.
** In the first anime, Zoisite is always surrounded by swirling cherry blossom petals when [[ShesAManInJapan he]] teleports (and later when he dies, thanks to Kunzite/Malachite.)
** Another anime-exclusive episode has the Sailor Senshi, Haruna-sensei, Naru and Umino having a picnic under the cherry blossoms, as a part of the cherry tree watching tradition. Then, they're captured by the cherry-tree-themed MonsterOfTheWeek. [[spoiler: Fortunately, that's also the episode in which Moon gets her first [[MidSeasonUpgrade power-up]], as with some help of Queen Serenity's spirit she engraves the Silver Crystal in her TransformationTrinket and learns to use its powers better.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Saki}}'', the titular Saki sees Nodoka for the first time as the latter is surrounded by cherry blossoms. Cue the LesYay.
* While less present in ''Manga/SakuraTrick'' than the title may have you expect, they were there for Haruka and Yuu's first kiss, probably the most important scene in the series.
* Like the games, ''Anime/SakuraWarsTV'' has its fair share of cherry blossom imagery, as one would expect from the name.
* ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' begins with Kafuka Fuura skipping happily through the cherry blossoms, just before she encounters the main character [[strike:[[InterruptedSuicide trying to hang himself]]]] "trying to make himself taller".
* In ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}} Gaiden'', the cherry trees in heaven bloom all the time and as a result nobody pays them much attention. The symbolism of this and the value of mortal lives vs. eternal ones is played up throughout the manga.
* Cherry blossoms not only are mentioned in the title of ''Manga/SakuraGari'', but are a constant presence in the plot. e.g., [[spoiler: [[CherryBlossomGirl Sakurako]] was locked away because of her CreepyChild behavior in a cherry blossom watching party among other things]], Masataka's younger brother Mitsugu makes many paper cherry blossoms as charms to wish Masataka good luck in his studies, and later [[spoiler: Katou snaps over Sakurako's suicide and stabs Souma, who then collapses under the blossoming cherries.]]
* Dialed UpToEleven to underscore the creepiness in ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays''.
* ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'' subverts this. In the first episode, the wind blows up the sakura bloom as Yuji walks A street of Miyasaki. What happens next, however, is [[spoiler: a nasty surprise - the first Fuzetsu shocking the hell out of him]] followed by [[spoiler:Shana explaining to him about torches and that he's already dead and bound to disappear anytime soon]]. Ouch.
** Also, Shana is surrounded with cinders during fight scenes. It's probably no accident that this sometimes looks uncannily like a shower of sakura petals.
* Karen's wedding dream in the first episode of ''Sister Princess Repure'' is liberally sprinkled with sakura, as are the opening episodes of ''LightNovel/SisterPrincess'' itself.
* ''Manga/SlamDunk'' begins when Sakuragi and his friends are starting highschool, so the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. At some point, a depressed Sakuragi stares at them and says his heart is still "in winter". And then Haruko Akagi shows up to "defrost" it.
* During [[spoiler:Cosmo's death]] in the finale of ''Anime/SonicX'', [[spoiler:she matures to her adult form]] and turns into a blossoming tree. Therefore she actually ''is'' her own cherry blossom.[[spoiler:Tails then has to shoot her with the power cannon resulting in her death]] - the blossoms fly everywhere, surrounding a Superformed Shadow and Sonic as he says goodbye. It's quite a TearJerker.
* Tezuka and Fuji's HoYay-tastic duel in In ''Anime/ThePrinceOfTennis'' anime included cherry blossoms surrounding the courts, [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic and much other imagery]]. Also featured at the beginning of the series, when Ryoma arrives to Seigaku grounds, [[spoiler: and in the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue of the TV series.]]
* Mew Mint's TransformationSequence in ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'' has cherry blossom petals floating by as she's dancing in the wind.
* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', Bern and Lambda get a sprinkling of these when they show up in the opening.
* Since the series starts in April, plenty of cherry blossoms can be seen in ''Manga/YourLieInApril''. They serve as a symbol of Kaori and her relationship with Kousei, as they first meet in a rain of cherry blossoms. [[spoiler:Ultimately, they carry a sad or bittersweet at best connotation, since like the short-lived cherry blossoms, Kaori's life was vibrant and short. The way her spirit, or Kousei's hallucination of her -- it's never made explicit -- dissolves in the final chapter/episode even looks like cherry blossoms being blown away by the wind.]]
* Westernized slightly in the first chapter of ''Please, Jeeves'', the manga adaptation of Creator/PGWodehouse's Literature/JeevesAndWooster stories. Is it a coincidence that the rose petals in Jeeves's basket start floating on the wind while Bertie is watching him? And that the top half of the next page is devoted to even more of those petals? [[HoYay No, I think not.]] Inverted slightly by the fact that Jeeves is insulting Bertie's intelligence in that same panel.
* ''Manga/VampirePrincessMiyu'' and its {{spin off}}s include quite a bit of cherry blossom-like imagery:
** In the fourth OAV, a middle school girl was found almost dead under her school's cherry trees. [[spoiler: She was one of Miyu's classmates, and Miyu accidentally killed her by draining her out of blood right after her Awakening as a vampire.]]
** In ''Vampire Princess'', Miyu's {{expy}} Yuu gave her best friend Yui Shougakuin a DeclarationOfProtection under a cherry tree [[spoiler: before [[KissOfTheVampire biting her and drinking her blood]].]]
** In ''Vampire Princess Yui'', Yui's powers are connected to cherry blossoms and trees. Her BigFancyHouse has ''many'' cherries in its yard, which Yui dislike because she can't help thinking of the "fleeting life" meaning behind their flowers. [[spoiler: At the end of the second chapter, the trees are all that's left from the now destroyed home, [[YouCantGoHomeAgain which Yui and Nagi have just left]].]]
* In ''Manga/VideoGirlAi'', the [[http://mangafox.me/manga/video_girl_ai/v13/c116/3.html last chapter of the manga]] happens in April so the cherry trees are in full bloom. As [[spoiler: Youta [[LoveTranscendsSpacetime finally is]] [[EarnYourHappyEnding reunited with Ai]], never to be parted]], Nobuko, Takashi and Moemi are pretty much ''showered'' in cherry petals.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'':
** The anime starts with cherry blossom petals falling into the scene to attribute Gongenzaka's samurai motif.
** [[spoiler:Starve Venom Fusion Dragon has a carnivore plant motif, but once it fuses with Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon, it gets purified and becomes Odd-Eyes Venom Dragon, gaining a beautiful body and a cherry blossom motif to replace the carnivore plant theme.]]

* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11886910/1/Gankona-Unnachgiebig-Unità Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità]]'': According to Italy, one of the beautiful things about Japan is the blossoming of cherry blossoms. Japan subsequently exploded.
-->"Just stop it!" This must be revenge for all of the times the blithe flustered him. Well, two can play that game. The red faded from the brunet's cheeks as a devious smile graced his features. "What you said isn't completely true; Japan is an incredibly beautiful place too what with all its grand mountains, ethereal shrines, the elegant bloom of sakura petals in the spring, and so much more. The Pacific Ocean never looked better from the shores of this exquisite country."

-->Said country combusted. "I-Italia-k-kun!" Boom. Boom! BOOM! KABOOM!

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'''s father uses cherry-blossom as a metaphor for her being a late-bloomer to try to cheer her up in the Disney movie.
* Utilized rather beautifully in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda''. [[spoiler: Oogway's]] death scene takes place in a flurry of blossoms, and Po's new life as the Dragon Warrior really gets underway after a pep talk near those blossoms. The blossoms are ''peach'' blossoms, not cherry blossoms, but the symbolism is still mainly the same.
* Spotted in ''Anime/GraveOfTheFireflies'', and it's a JustifiedTrope since the movie itself takes place in the Japan of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* An important element in the climax of ''Film/TheLastSamurai''. Katsumoto says to Algren at one point that a man could spend his entire life searching for a perfect cherry blossom and it would not be a wasted life. As he dies committing seppuku on the battlefield, he sees the cherry blossoms in the distance:
-->Perfect. They are all perfect.
* In possibly the [[strike:weirdest]] coolest damn use of blossoms ever, seen in the Japanese garden in ''Film/IronMan2'' when [[spoiler: Rhodey and Tony battle the Hammer Drones.]]
* Used for foreshadowing in ''Film/TheForbiddenKingdom''. There's a big fight scene that has a literal storm of them, and it's a scene [[spoiler:where a character ends up dying.]]
* Cherry blossoms are scene during the early scenes in Japan in ''Film/TheWarriorsWay''. And then the ninjas apparently bing the blossoms with them when they show up in the American desert.
* Used in ''Film/{{Legend 1985}}'', and short gloriously, as a symbol for the fragility of life and the temporary nature of feelings hapiness and safety.
* In ''Film/MemoirsOfAGeisha'' Sayuri attends a gathering in the Baron's garden which is covered in flowering cherry blossom trees. The Chairman comments that even the cherry blossoms are envious of her beauty.
* At one point in ''Film/{{Elysium}}'', Max and Kruger are fighting in what appears to be a factory with random cherry trees dancing everywhere. Fittingly, Kruger uses throwing stars and a katana.

* In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', we have the silver-white tree Telperion. When describing the Trees of Valinor in his letters, Tolkien likened the blossoms of Telperion with the blossoms of ''Sakura'' trees.
* In ''Discworld/{{Thief of Time}}'', the monastery of the History Monks is in a temporal pocket whereby it is ''always'' spring, and therefore the cherry blossoms are always falling. This is by design, as the History Monks believe this to be the most beautiful time of year.
** Though, in the end, [[spoiler: Lobsang]] makes the cherries actually ripen as a [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming gift to Lu-Tze]].
* OlderThanPrint: ''Literature/TheTaleOfGenji'' uses cherry blossoms as a visual motif. Genji and other characters quote poems from the ''Manyoshu'' about the beauty of cherry petals. It was already a trope when Murasaki Shikibu wrote it, 1000 years ago.
* Creator/AEHousman's "[[http://bartleby.com/103/33.html Loveliest of Trees]]" is a rare Western example, with the speaker musing that life's too short ''not'' to go around looking at the cherry trees in bloom.
* In ''Literature/TheZombieSurvivalGuide'', UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan's attempt to weaponize zombies was codenamed "Operation Cherry Blossom."

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Happens in season 2 of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', in medieval Japan.
* KoreanSeries love this symbolism too:
** ''Series/CanYouHearMyHeart'': Cha Dong Joo stood beneath the falling petals and used spoken imagery to test the voice-recognition software that will enable him to begin a new adult life hiding his deafness from a hearing public.
** ''Series/BestLove'': Do Ko Jin takes Gu Ae Jeong to a park overlooking the river, and attempts to tell her how he feels, all while standing under the flowering trees.
** ''Series/TheCityHall'': The trees flower just when the corrupt Mayor resigns, ushering a new era for Inju City.
** ''Series/IlJiMae'': He met his first love when they were children, saw his father assassinated, then meets up again with his first love as an adult, each time while the trees bloomed. He ultimately uses a painting of a flowering branch as his symbol.
** ''[[Series/LieToMeSK Lie To Me]]'': The petals fall as Ki Jun and Ah Jung discover their attraction for each other. Later, she cries because the flowers are gone.
** ''Series/TwinkleTwinkle'': Han Jung Won takes her mother driving along the cherry tree-lined streets of a park in Seoul. It's a bittersweet scene because they both are aware that her mom has a degenerative condition in her eyes and that she may be blind the next time the trees blossom.
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Clark uses this to set the mood when he's finally ready to [[spoiler:propose to ComicBook/LoisLane]].
* In ''Series/{{Dracula}}'' (the 2013 TV show) there is a cherry blossom tree outside Dracula's castle. Though the blossoms don't ''fall'' exactly, it's still a potent symbol of life and death considering Vlad Dracul was killed in front of it, and later Mina Murray has a vision of it (triggering her lost memories).
* ''Series/UltramanTiga'': The ''[[BizarroEpisode incredibly weird]]'' episode "Flower" is entirely based on this. Two aliens called the Manons come to seize Earth so they can admire the cherry blossoms for themselves while GUTS is having a ''hanami'' celebration. The resulting episode is a surreal mix of poetry, kabuki theatre, and standard ''Ultraman'' fare.

* During the graduation season, Japanese bands will release tons of songs featuring the word "sakura" in the title. A short list: Ikimono-gakari ("SAKURA"), NIRGILIS ("sakura"), Remioromen ("Sakura"), Yazima Beauty Salon ("SAKURA -ハルヲウタワネバダ-"), YUI ("CHE.R.RY"), Kobukuro ("桜"), capsule ("さくら").
** The biggest one is Naotaro Moriyama's "Sakura". It's sung at nearly every school graduation in Japan.
* From ''Kayleigh'' by Marillion: ''Do you remember / The cherry blossom in the market square / Do you remember / I thought it was confetti in our hair''.
* It's hard to find a song by Music/{{Kagrra}}, that ''doesn't'' mention cherry blossoms.
* Another rare non-Japanese one by Music/{{Air}}, called "CherryBlossomGirl".
* Music/FallOutBoy invokes this in "Centuries": ''And you're a cherry blossom / you're about to bloom / You look so pretty / but you're gone so soon'', perhaps [[MayflyDecemberRomance in contrast to the singer's claims of historical immortality]].
* The concept is obliquely used by Hey Rosetta! in "Yer Spring," though it doesn't specifically mention cherry blossoms: ''While everything is blooming / you know the wilting always waits / to steal away your body / to steal away your brain''
* ''Achilles" by The Dead South:
--> ''And when the time calls upon me, I will know where to go.''
--> ''The petals will fall past me, as I find my way home.''

* In ''{{Theatre/Carousel}}'', tree blossoms are falling when Julie and Billy kiss for the first time.
-->'''Julie:''' You're right about there being no wind. The blossoms are just coming down by theirselves. Just their time to, I reckon.
* The LoveTheme of the 1919 operetta ''The Royal Vagabond'' is "When the Cherry Blossoms Fall."

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Perfect Cherry Blossom'' (of the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' series) bases its story almost entirely on the "body beneath the cherry tree" myth, and its scoring system is cherry-themed too. The game's final boss, Yuyuko Saigyouji, whose body is buried underneath said tree in the netherworld of Hakugyoukurou, also makes full use of ButterflyOfDeathAndRebirth imagery as well. Mind you, the tree hasn't bloomed yet (which is a good thing, because that tree is the closest thing to ''pure evil'' in the entire series).
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' doesn't use cherry blossoms, but the white petals in Rokovoj Bereg turn a deep shade of pink after [[spoiler: The Boss is killed]]. It's clearly symbolic, as one petal Snake took with him becomes white again once he lets go of it.
** This may be a reference to another culture's flower symbolism. In Iran, when a martyr dies; red tulips grow where they fall.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' also doesn't use cherry blossoms (at all), but the graveyard where Solid Snake spends most of his massive introspective angsting has a crap-ton of flowers whose petals are scattered wildly in the beginning when Otacon and the Colonel touch down in their helicopter. They are also falling when Snake [[spoiler: is working up the nerve to kill himself and prevent the FOXDIE infectious disease from destroying the world as he knows it.]] Despite the fact that the flowers resemble daffodils, the symbolism is the same.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'''s first DLC, ''Jetstream'', begins with a cutscene of Monsoon and Senator Armstrong walking through the Japanese-style garden from the main game while discussing cherry blossoms. Armstrong hates them for the same reasons Monsoon says they're so popular.
* In the 2006 ''VideoGame/{{Sonic the Hedgehog|2006}}'' game, this is shown during a relatively early {{cutscene}} between Sonic and Elise, foreshadowing the much-debated [[spoiler:death and resurrection of Sonic at the end of the game.]] With the ShipTease and SceneryPorn, one could view it as [[spoiler: the frailty of Sonic and Elise's relationship.]]
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'':
** Organization XIII member Marluxia has an affinity with [[GreenThumb flowers]]. As a result, he is perpetually surrounded with an aura of petals (not to mention that his hair is pink and he wields a [[SinisterScythe huge scythe]] with a pink blade). In ''RE: Chain of Memories'', however, they appear to be rose petals rather than sakura.
** From the second console game, whenever the "[[SingleStrokeBattle Duel Stance]]" reaction command is triggered with the Samurai Nobodies, pink petals fall from the sky.
** Similarly, the [[OneHitKill Zantestsuken]] command in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' and ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'' leaves pink petals in the wake of its strike.
** In the [[Disney/{{Fantasia}} Symphony of Sorcery]] world in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'', [[spoiler: Young Xehanort]] is surrounded by cherry blossoms as he taunts Sora. He even snatches one out of the air mid-gloat.
* ''VideoGame/AllianceOfValiantArms'' had the "TAR-21 Cherry" which was a Tavor TAR-21 assault rifle painted with pink cherry blossoms. Further reinforcing this motif was the fact that the weapon was only available from mid-March to late April, which is roughly the same time that cherry trees bloom.
* Setsuka's stage in ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries SoulCalibur III]]'' made heavy use of the cherry blossom theme.
* Cherry blossoms are part of Kasumi's motif in ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive''. Her Vs. win icon is that of a cherry blossom head, and she uses the petals as a [[SmokeOut smokescreen]] when she teleports in or out of a stage.
* Baiken from ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' generates spontaneous cherry blossom petal showers with almost every move she does.
* In the gym teacher scenario in the first ''[[VideoGame/OsuTatakaeOuendan Ouendan]]'' game, cherry blossom petals are falling at the end when his students graduate. A cherry blossom also appears behind the chart at the end of the level if you get the normal ending or higher in any level.
** In the sequel, cherry blossoms are ''everywhere''. Especially if you [[spoiler:beat the game on Insane]]. [[spoiler:The blooming river is actually very similar to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Meguro_gawa_sakura.jpg a similar river]] in the location of the developers]].
* ''[[Website/GaiaOnline zOMG!]]'' features Sakura trees heavily in the [[{{Wutai}} Zen Gardens]] area. The intro shows the area's {{NPC}} surrounded by falling petals. The area is filled with Sakura trees, and there are even Cherry Fluffs made from the petals. Keeping in theme with the Sakura Tree's connection with death, it is highly advised that lower leveled players avoid attacking them... The after effect is devastating. Gaia also features a cherry blossom-themed monthly collectible, complete with a shower of blossoms.
* One of Citan's Deathblow combos in ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' has a spray of sakura blossoms blow across the screen after he hits the enemy, which can be very disorienting when fighting in snowfields or deserts
* In the first ''VideoGame/FatalFrame1'', Kirie and the man she loves meet for the first time under a cherry tree with petals falling around them, although technically it should be winter. [[spoiler:Both of them die soon afterwards.]]
* In the first ''VideoGame/{{Boktai}}'' game, the [[WorldTree Solar Tree]] recovers gradually as you absorb more sunlight. When you hit the maximum, it becomes a ''sakura'' tree in full bloom. Love interest Lita is deeply moved.
* Freya Crescent, the dragoon PC from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', has an attack called "Cherry Blossom." It hits all opponents for damage and scatters petals all over the place. It's pretty much hitting all of the above-cited meanings -- Freya's deadliness, her search for her first love, and her growing maturity.
* The ending of ''VideoGame/MegaMan2'' shows Mega Man walking amongst falling cherry blossoms (while equipped with the Quick Boomerang, perhaps to give a reason for the odd pink color scheme of the weapon). He similarly walks among other symbols of death/destruction associated with the other three seasons (driving rain, dead leaves, and snow) during said ending. [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic Anyone's guess as to what it means, though]].
* In ''VideoGame/AceCombat5TheUnsungWar'', there is an ace named Zipang early in the game. Shooting him down gets you an unlockable paint scheme for the F-14D Super Tomcat, which is primarily purple with cherry blossoms all over. The paint scheme returned in later games as an unlockable bonus or DLC.
* In ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', most of the grass attacks involve either leaves or vines, but the Oddish line (and a rare few others later) uses an attack called Petal Dance. In the [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} anime]] and the Stadium games, this filled the air with what are quite clearly cherry blossoms, despite the line being based on the mandrake and rafflesia plants. It isn't until the fourth generation of games that a Pokemon based on the cherry is created, at which point almost all of the flowering grass-types can learn the move...and it still uses pink cherry petals.
** In Gen. VI the move Retaliate has pink blossoms follow the attacker after hitting the target.
* Even ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'' includes this trope. Of course, it's way backwards. It's the final Soviet mission against the Japanese Empire. The Cherry blossoms are blooming, love is in the air, and the [[DirtyCommunists Red Army]] is on the march.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Super Robot Wars Original Generation}}s'', Dygenguar[[SpellMyNameWithAnS (d)'s]] final attack begins with a [[SuperMovePortraitAttack cut-in]] of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gb1sIbmjI5s&feature=related Sanger drawing his sword while cherry blossoms float by]]. They come again as Dygenguard poses at the end of the attack, [[RuleOfCool despite the fact that they should be too small to be clearly visible compared to the]] HumongousMecha.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'': take a close look at the background in the green areas of Brinstar -- you'll notice it's raining ''sakura'' petals. This fits with green Brinstar's role as the only more-or-less friendly part of the planet. (Among other things, it's home to the only two native creatures that don't try to kill you.) Don't get your hopes up for natural beauty elsewhere on Zebes... unless you really like lava and acid.
* ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' is made of these. They're everywhere, but they're all dead until you resurrect them for ExperiencePoints. The various cursed zones are only dispelled when Amaterasu locates a particular cherry tree maintained by the wood sprite Sakuya, known as a Guardian Blossom, and makes it bloom again. At that time, the power of the Guardian Blossom will force the curse out and nature back in in a [[VisualEffectsOfAwesome very spectacular fashion]].
* ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' has an annual cherry blossom festival, even if you don't have any cherry trees in your town.
* Occurs when fighting Yakisoba the Executioner in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' (The fact that the opponent's name translates to "Fried Noodles" shows you how seriously the dev team takes this trope - or anything at all).
* ''VideoGame/{{Flower}}'' has them during the final level when the purification the city is underway or completed.
* A gameplay mechanic in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'''s fishing hole. Cherry blossoms filling the trees lets you know that the current season is spring, which affects the likelihood of finding certain fish.
* The Ayame-only level "Cherry Tree Hill" in ''VideoGame/{{Tenchu}} 2''.
* In ''VideoGame/LightningLegendDaigoNoDaibouken'', cherry blossoms are Mayu Uzaka's FlowerMotif. They appear during her InTheNameOfTheMoon speech, her VictoryPose and her LimitBreak; her stage is a park filled with blossoming cherry trees; and she has pink hair.
* Both the original ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' have this in spades. The emphasis seems to be on change, as the original game [[spoiler: has it at the main characters graduation from high school.]] Persona 3 also uses it for the NewTransferStudent, the main protagonist, and appears again at the end of the game, [[spoiler:in which, s/he dies on graduation day.]]
** Konohana Sakuya, Yukiko's initial persona in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', also has this theme. Especially visible in her finishing move from ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena''. Justified: it's named after Konohanasakuyahime, the goddess of flowers and Mount Fuji.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' has a rare Western example during the epilogue. Cherry blossoms scatter across the narrative painting as Varric, the narrator, says that [[spoiler: Hawke's companions were all forced by circumstance to leave them, except for their LoveInterest.]] The symbolism is there: [[spoiler: the blossoming of love, but also the transience of friendship and the end of one stage of Hawke and everyone else's life. It's also very likely that at least one of your party members has died during the endgame (depending on your choices), so the transience of life is another possibility.]]
* Another rare Western example: In ''[[VideoGame/MarvelUltimateAlliance Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2]]'' Deadpool gets pissed at the enemy mercenaries because they ruined the cherry blossom festival in Washington, D.C.
* Subtle and easily missed, but if Ignis activates in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', it will leave a burst of petals after the hit. Also a nod to how it was written in Japanese with the kanji for flower (華).
** Similarly, a male Avatar's romantic support with FallenPrincess Say'ri has them mention cherry trees and promise that they will go watch them bloom.
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', the MedievalJapan-inspired [[WuTai Kingdom of Hoshido]] has the cherry blossoms as FloralMotifs and as a parallel to the Kingdom of Nohr's [[SomethingAboutARose purple]] [[TheTragicRose roses]].
* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Something}} Something Else]]'', World 3 in Something Else is covered in cherry blossom trees.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2'' includes a cherry blossom-themed camouflage pattern for weapons in multiplayer.
* In ''VideoGame/AWitchsTale'', Florin is filled with these; there's even a Fetch Quest where you help two souls in different gardens reunite. When you first see a particular sakura tree, the Mad Hatter talks about their connection to death.
* ''VideoGame/AkatsukiBlitzkampf'' is a game set in a {{dystopia}}n East Asia and has several characters that resemble people from the UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan times, so this trope shows up as well:
** [[BigBad Murakumo's]] Super in ''[[UpdatedReRelease Ausf. Achse]]'' has him slashing the foe upwards several times and then stabbing them back to the ground while some cherry blossom petals fall on them. This is a {{bowdlerise}}d version of the original Super, which is pretty similar save for the lack of petals [[OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank and the borderline]] RainOfBlood...
** Also, the pre-''Ausf. Achse'' game's pre-fight screens had cherry blossom petals raining down on the rivals's portraits.
* Cherry blossoms are practically everywhere in ''VideoGame/ToukenRanbu''. The loading bar is in the shape of a cherry blossom, a sword's rarity is determined by a number of petals, and when a sword is leveled up to 20 there's petals blowing in the wind behind him.
* ''VideoGame/{{Shinobi}} III: The Ninja Master'' has falling cherry blossoms for atmosphere during the second part of the Round 6 BossBattle.
* ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' has the full quota you'd expect from a series with the title.
* In ''VideoGame/FruitNinja'', the Sakura Slicer blade adds a bonus cherry for every ten pieces of fruit you slice. When used with the Cherry Blossom Dojo stage, tiny cherry blossom petals will fall in the background throughout the game.
* Akademi High School in ''VideoGame/YandereSimulator'' has many sakura trees in the path leading up to the school and the courtyard. Of particular note is a lone tree behind the school, in which legend has it that anyone that confesses their love to someone under that tree on a Friday will have their love requited. Yandere-chan's goal is to keep any of her rivals from doing that to her Senpai. So far, it is seen that cherry blossoms fall from the tree if a couple confesses, as seen in the Matchmaking example in the alphas, but it's currently unknown if it will make it to the final game.
* The AttractMode of VideoGame/SamuraiShodown shows falling cherry blossoms along with the opening narration: "A samurai fears not death. Struggles to triumph over evil. And lives for one purpose: TO DESTROY ALL ENEMIES!"

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/AstoriaFatesKiss'' has Astraeus, a Titan whose magical aura is cherry blossom petals. This frequently signifies to the [[PlayableCharacter heroine]] that he's nearby.
* ''VisualNovel/{{CLANNAD}}'' has enough to cover a whole town, being Creator/KeyVisualArts' [[ItIsAlwaysSpring spring]] game (summer being ''VisualNovel/{{AIR}}'', winter ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'').
* ''VisualNovel/EfAFairyTaleOfTheTwo'' parodies this phenomenon by having childishly drawn pink blossoms begin to cascade all over the game screen when Mizuki starts to go on a lovestruck ramble about Kei (and later, Chihiro).
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'', where the city seems to be perpetually [[SnowMeansLove shrouded]] in [[SnowMeansDeath winter]], Yuuichi's one wish for Makoto [[spoiler:after [[TearJerker she dies]]]] is that she can find peace in a serene, sunny meadow, sleeping happily with sakura petals floating down all around her.
* Cherry blossoms are strongly associated with Kanzaki Nami of ''VisualNovel/TriangleHeart3SweetSongsForever''. There's also a haremette in ''VisualNovel/TriangleHeart'' (who reappears in ''3'') named Sakura.
* ''VisualNovel/DaCapo'' is set on an island where the cherry trees are literally always blossoming.
* When things look especially bleak for Sakura ([[MeaningfulName hmm]]) in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'''s third route, Shirou cheers her up by promising to go watch the cherry blossoms with her when it's all over. [[spoiler:This route has a painful DownerEnding in which Shirou dies, and Sakura watches the cherry blossoms every year for the rest of her life, never quite giving up hope that he'll return to keep his promise.]] On a slightly better note, [[spoiler:in the True Ending [[BackFromTheDead he's fine]], and everyone still alive at the end (sans Taiga) goes out to watch the cherry blossoms.]]
* Cherry blossom symbolism appears at a few points in ''VisualNovel/{{Hakuouki}}''. When Hijikata first appears in the prologue, Chizuru observes that the snow falling around him looks like out-of-season cherry blossom petals; actual cherry blossoms appear during the end of Hijikata's route, in contexts involving both death (in the ending itself, which is also used for the ending of the anime adaptation) and romance (in the epilogue scene between Hijikata and Chizuru). "Hakuouki" is actually written with characters meaning "pale/fleeting cherry-blossom demon" -- it's a name [[spoiler:given to Hijikata by Kazama, recognizing Hijikata as a true demon after his defeat of Kazama in the middle of a grove of flowering cherry trees]].
* In ''VideoGame/YuGiOhCapsuleMonsterColiseum'', Ryou Bakura's stage is a cherry blossom garden, referencing his dead sister and mother from the manga.

* In [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_154.php this]] from ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'', Dan strikes a cherry-blossom-enhanced pose in preparation to deal death to Dark Pegasus.
* In ''Webcomic/OkashinaOkashi'', sakura petals are ''constantly'' falling in the shoujo manga dimension.
* The gratuitous appearance of CherryBlossoms during a fight scene is {{lampshaded}} in [[http://www.adventurers-comic.com/d/20030617.html this]] ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}!'' strip.
* Joked with in [[http://kitsune.rydia.net/comic/page.php?id=156 this]] ''Webcomic/FeyWinds'' comic.
* Odd use in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', [[spoiler: Terezi is blinded by staring into the sun while leaves that look like cherry blossoms fall]]. Probably a rare use in that it's solely because it looks cool.
* Used twice in ''Webcomic/RedString''; both relationships crash and burn later on.
* Right at the start of ''Webcomic/NineteenTwentyOne'' and lampshaded.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* WebAnimation/AcedemySugoiSeiun's second opening
* A strange example in the Blood-Drenched Blossoms short story from ''Literature/DominionAndDuchy''. It takes place in a fantasy kingdom where cherry blossoms fall all year around. The story explains why the blossoms are ''red'' and also why they spread all across the world of Pandora.
* In ''Literature/TheImpossibleMan'', Michael Garcia made the above quote to Yuki Shimizu during the Cherry Blossom Festival. The entire scene occurred under a Cherry Blossom Tree and symbolized the state of their relationship.
* Wiki/{{SCP|Foundation}}-[[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-143 143]] is, basically, a grove of [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Senbon]][[DeathByAThousandCuts zakura]] trees.
--->'''Document 143-A''': We'll have to pick up the remains when the wind dies down in a couple days.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* In 1912, the Mayor of Tokyo sent over 3,000 ''Sakura'' to UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC, to be planted across the American capital as a gesture of US-Japan friendship. By coincidence, the new Congressional session started in March each year at the time, meaning that the trees' bloom matched with the beginning of a new legislative session. However, the 20th Amendment to the Constitution (ratified 1933) changed the beginning of the legislative year from March to January, so by the time of the first annual National Cherry Blossom Festival (in 1935), the interesting symbolism was lost.
** Nevertheless, March remains one of the two best times to visit the District[[note]]The other is October, on account of the usually-nice weather; Washington in the summer is stiflingly hot and humid, and the winter, while objectively mild, is still cold enough and wet enough to be unpleasant. Conveniently, DC winter typically begins in November/December and ends in March, while DC summer starts in April/May and ends in September.[[/note]] on account of the Festival. It's one of the few festivals that the locals take seriously. Also, the actual blooming of the trees is rarely concurrent with the schedule of the festival.
** The March/April timing of the blooms do however coincide with major legislative breaks. While most of the American public sees this as yet another congressional vacation, for Congress it's a time to go back and visit with the constituency and discuss the progress of new legislation, so there is some symbolism still.
* In Macon, Georgia, a massive grove allegedly containing 300,000 ''sakura'' trees (possibly the largest collection in the world, and certainly the largest outside Japan) is the site of the International Cherry Blossom Festival.
* During the UsefulNotes/SecondSinoJapaneseWar, the Imperial Japanese Army planted ''sakura'' trees on conquered territory, because the cherry blossoms would mark it as Japanese space.