Sakura (サクラ - Decoy)

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Apr 11, 2018 14:19 English essay
The season of "sakura" (桜 - cherry blossom) is gradually leaving.

Cherry blossoms are beautiful, but the word "sakura" is sometimes used as a slang term with a bad meaning.

It means a person who slips into lurks in customers/audiences, and praises an item or makes the atmosphere of the venue.

In the Edo period, there were people who shout at a big scene of Kabuki (traditional Japanese drama) to boost the performance -- they were able to see the Kabuki performance without a fee in return for the role.

Such people were called "sakura" (cherry blossom), because the momentary boost evoked cherry trees that bloom only for a short period, and people could see cherry blossoms for free.

Later, "sakura" has come to be used to mean "confederate" and "decoy."