For Japanese farmers, cherry blossom means the beginning of a new agricultural cycle. It determines the rice crop in the new year. Abundant flowering is a sign of a good rice harvest. Japanese cherry blossoms are not only of a pale pink color, but also white, dark pink and even yellow. Its fruits are inedible: small, hard and sour. However, they are used for cherry wine and marinated to make a seasoning for rice. Japanese say that Sakura flowering symbolizes the transience and fragility of life: a person lives his life the same way as a cherry petal falls — beautifully and very quickly.