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1947 Japan 50 Sen coin pendant sakura cherry blossom chrysanthemum Tokyo Osaka Kyoto Sapporo Nagoya Yokohama Fukuoka Saitima Okinawa Hiroshima Sendai Niigata Kawasaki Nippon floral n000045

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Japan 50 Sen {1947-1948} 10S

front: cherry blossom wreath, chrysanthemum on top
Lettering: 錢十五

A cherry blossom is the flower of any of several trees of genus Prunus, particularly the Japanese cherry, Prunus serrulata, which is called sakura after the Japanese (桜 or 櫻; さくら).

Along with the chrysanthemum, the cherry blossom is considered the national flower of Japan

"Hanami" is the centuries-old practice of picnicking under a blooming sakura or ume tree.
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.

In Japan, cherry blossoms symbolize clouds due to their nature of blooming en masse, besides being an enduring metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life, an aspect of Japanese cultural tradition that is often associated with Buddhist influence, and which is embodied in the concept of mono no aware.

• quantity 1
• demonetized {no longer in circulation} polished Brass coin
• diameter: 19 mm
• weight: 2.8 g

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