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Arguments that the plans for the Battle of Leyte Gulf, involving all Japanese ships, would expose Japan to serious danger if they failed, were countered with the plea that the Navy be permitted to "bloom as flowers of death".
Cherry blossoms are a prevalent symbol in Irezumi, the traditional art of Japanese tattoos.
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The custom is said to have started during the Nara period (710–794), when it was ume blossoms that people admired in the beginning, but by the Heian period (794–1185) cherry blossoms came to attract more attention, and hanami was synonymous with sakura. The custom was originally limited to the elite of the Imperial Court, but soon spread to samurai society and, by the Edo period, to the common people as well.
Tokugawa yoshimune planted areas of cherry blossom trees to encourage this.
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"Hanami" is the centuries-old practice of picnicking under a blooming sakura or ume tree.