Source: Alberto Andaloro / © Shutterstock Instagrammers Breaking Off Branches For Selfies Could Kill Beloved Cherry Trees 2018-03-29 Thu 2018-04-19 Thu Now that the cherry blossoms are in full bloom in many parts of Japan, sakura enthusiasts are everywhere trying to enjoy the beautiful pink blossoms. Whether indulging in boisterous hanami picnics under a gorgeous sakura canopy, taking leisurely strolls through sakura-lined streets and park paths, enjoying sakura festivals along the banks of rivers or reveling in night-time sakura viewing parties, the ways to enjoy Japan's beloved cherry trees are as numerous as the petals fluttering in a gentle spring breeze. Surrounded by so much beauty, the urge to capture it is understandably strong. Judging by a recent Instagram trend, however, it seems that some women have taken this urge beyond merely snapping pictures to snapping off branches. The reason? To collect blossoms to use in hair wreaths or other hair decorations. (Image) / Source: Alberto Andaloro / © Shutterstock As pretty as that sounds, the simple act of snapping off a branch could have very serious consequences for the tree. Not only does it promote tree rot at the stump, but if left untreated, tree rot can potentially progress along the branch, then reach the trunk. To make matters worse, trees infected by rot are particularly prone to infestation by the red-necked longhorned beetle, an invasive species currently responsible for an epidemic threatening cherry trees throughout Japan. For this reason, gardeners and park caretakers always use a special pruning sealer when pruning cherry branches, in order to prevent rot spores from infecting exposed stumps. By comparison, plum trees require frequent pruning, without which the tree would be overcrowded with branches, preventing buds from flowering. Earlier this week, Twitter user Gomachan (@gomafu_ks) was shocked when she visited her local park: 「桜切る馬鹿梅切らぬ馬鹿」という言葉があるように、桜は枝を折るとその部分から腐敗が進みます。今日公園で桜の枝をパキパキ折って花冠を作っている女性2人を見かけました。調べたらインスタグラマーがそれを流行らせている模様。日本の桜が首赤艶カミキリとインスタ映え()に滅ぼされる日も近そう。— ごまちゃん (@gomafu_ks) 2018年3月26日 ---"Just as the Japanese saying goes 'Idiots cut off sakura branches and don't cut off plum branches,' cutting sakura branches promotes tree rot at the stump. When I was visiting the park today, I saw two women breaking sakura branches to make flower crowns. I looked into it and it seems that it's popular on Instagram. It seems that Japan's sakura trees will soon be destroyed by Instagrammers and red-necked longhorn beetles." To back up her claim, Gomachan followed up her original tweet with another one in which she included screen captures of Instagrammers caught breaking off sakura branches and making crowns: 「ソース厨にお困りでしたらどうぞ」とまどかちゃんから♡私、何気無い情報を収集する用に一般人1万人くらいフォローしてるInstagram垢持ってるんだけど、その中にもいたぞ。花冠や枝折って写真撮ってる奴。非公開垢にも結構いる。 pic.twitter.com/uG5qUh5JJr— ごまちゃん (@gomafu_ks) 2018年3月27日 While these decorations are undeniably photogenic, we sincerely hope that others will heed Gomachan's advice and resist the urge to follow this trend. Perhaps the best way to show your love for sakura is to engage in behavior that ensures we can all continue to appreciate them in the future. And if you just can't live without some sakura on your head, you can try these cute sakura mochi hats! By - Ben K. Source:@gomafu_ks Tags: bad manners / Cherry Blossoms / Fashion / hair wreath / Hanami / Instagram / Instagrammers / Sakura / sakura viewing / selfieholics / tree damage / Trend grape Japan Culture Instagrammers Breaking Off Branches For Selfies Could Kill Beloved Cherry Trees Related Article Starbucks Taiwan’s Beautiful Sakura Tumblers Have Japanese Coffee Fans Jealous Sanrio and Converse Team Up on Iconic Hello Kitty Collaboration Dame-Gi-Chan: The Pajamas For Girls That Will Trap You In A Spiral Of Lazy Comfort Suri Tribe: The Most Fashionable Tribe In The World Nothing Says Spring Like A Cold Bottle Of Sakura-Flavored Beer Bring Along These Beautiful Japanese Party Poppers To Your Next Big Celebration!