'Sakura from space' blooms early

Apr 11, 2014

'Sakura from space' blooms early

by Shigemi Sato

A cosmic mystery is uniting monks and scientists after a cherry tree grown from a seed that orbited the Earth for eight months bloomed years earlier than expected — and with an unusual number of flowers. The four-year-old sapling — grown from a cherry ...

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

| Mar 20, 2014

Our guide to family hanami hot spots

by Jason Jenkins

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 ...

It's not too late for <em>hanami</em>

May 3, 2013

It's not too late for hanami

by Tomoko Otake

This year’s sakura (cherry blossoms) took many people by surprise — especially in the Kanto region. Unusually warm weather in March hastened the peak of the blossoms by a couple of weeks, and by early April, when all the parties by and under the ...

Cheering for cherries

| Mar 16, 2013

Cheering for cherries

by Thomas Dillon

If the Grinch — that well-known wet blanket of holiday mirth — were both a betting man and Japanese, it wouldn’t be Christmas he was after. Nor New Year’s, nor the Emperor’s birthday, nor Golden Week, nor National Toilet Day (Nov. 10. Mark it ...