Aomori home to nation's top cherry blossom viewers, survey says

Apr 3, 2017

Aomori home to nation's top cherry blossom viewers, survey says

Residents in Aomori Prefecture seem to cherish sakura more than anywhere else in Japan, according to a survey on cherry blossom viewing by weather forecaster Weathernews Inc. The survey was conducted on subscribers to its smartphone apps. In ranking their individual spending plans for ...

| Feb 4, 2017

Flower power

Middle-aged man #1: The plum blossoms are out in (Tokyo’s) Komazawa Park. Not much longer till cherry blossom season. Planning anything special this year? Middle-aged man #2: I was just going to do the same as every year — go to Ueno Park. Middle-aged ...

City famed for cherry blossoms deploys camera drone

Apr 21, 2016

City famed for cherry blossoms deploys camera drone

A northeastern city renowned for its cherry blossom is teaming up with a software developer to film the scene using drones, in a bid to boost tourism and assist in the upkeep of the trees. Senboku in Akita Prefecture, which boasts the cherry trees ...

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. ...