Cherry trees in full bloom in Tokyo, elsewhere across Japan

Mar 31, 2016

Cherry trees in full bloom in Tokyo, elsewhere across Japan

Cherry trees reached full bloom in central Tokyo on Thursday, three days earlier than usual amid warm weather, and two days later than last year, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. About 80 percent of buds on the Somei-Yoshino variety of cherry tree at Yasukuni ...

First cherry blossoms mark arrival of spring in Tokyo

Mar 21, 2016

First cherry blossoms mark arrival of spring in Tokyo

Cherry blossoms are officially in bloom in Tokyo, the Japan Meteorological Agency said Monday, in one of the most anticipated announcements of the spring. The season’s first blooms in the capital of the Somei-Yoshino variety were spotted at Yasukuni Shrine. The declaration, which marks ...

The centuries-old charm of Japan's cherry blossoms

| Mar 14, 2016

The centuries-old charm of Japan's cherry blossoms

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The time of year much awaited by many people across the country is finally near: the blooming period of the nation’s beloved sakura (cherry blossoms). Numerous people plan hanami (cherry-blossom viewing) under the trees, one of the biggest spring events on the Japanese calendar. ...

May 5, 2015

Abe's cherry tree blooms in Moscow

A cherry tree that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe planted in Moscow two years ago has come into bloom. As a token of hoping to develop Japan-Russia relations, Abe planted the tree in a Japanese garden attached to the Russian Academy of Sciences when he ...

Asia enriches the Bard's work-in-progress

Nov 19, 2014

Asia enriches the Bard's work-in-progress

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Whatever would William Shakespeare make of it all if he were to journey now through Asia, where the interpretations of his works differ so much across vast regions, ethnic groups, cultures and languages? Since the 1990s, in the field of Shakespeare studies non-Anglophone productions ...

Where to sip on <em>sakura</em> this <em>hanami</em> season

Apr 1, 2014

Where to sip on sakura this hanami season

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While sakura are definitely a beautiful sight, their subtle flavor can also be enjoyed in a cocktail. ANA Intercontinental Tokyo (1-12-33 Akasaka, Minato-ku; 03-3505-1111; www.anaintercontinental-tokyo.jp) in Akasaka is among the best places in the capital to find such a creation. The champagne bar on ...

Our guide to family <em>hanami</em> hot spots

| Mar 20, 2014

Our guide to family hanami hot spots

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The transition from winter to summer is just beginning, and that means something magical is about to arrive: cherry-blossom season. As winter loosens its grip, delicate pastel petals push their way out of gnarled sakura-tree branches — an early indicator of the warmth that ...