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. ...

Sakura 2015: one nation under a pink canopy

Apr 16, 2015

Sakura 2015: one nation under a pink canopy

Spring in Japan brings a wave of blossoming cherry trees that is celebrated through the nation for a short few weeks. Despite a spell of strong winds and heavy rain this year, most trees hung on to their petals for a memorable sakura season. ...

Tokyo's Ueno Park blossoms as tourist site

| Apr 7, 2015

Tokyo's Ueno Park blossoms as tourist site

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Ueno Park, one of Tokyo’s best-known landmarks, is Japan’s first government-designated park, with its origins dating back to the Meiji Era. It was Dutch military Dr. Anthonius Franciscus Bauduin (1820-1885) who first proposed the idea of giving the area special status. At this time ...

Washington steps into spring with annual cherry blossom festival

Mar 23, 2014

Washington steps into spring with annual cherry blossom festival

The official opening ceremony for the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington on Saturday drew a crowd of some 2,000 people to the capital’s tree-lined Potomac River, where events to highlight Japanese culture are slated to run for about three weeks. About 1.5 million ...