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 ...

Parks fill up as nation readies  for annual 'sakura' extravaganza

Apr 1, 2017

Parks fill up as nation readies for annual 'sakura' extravaganza

The nation’s annual cherry blossom extravaganza, about to kick off with boozy parties across the country, will draw tourists from far and wide, but the annual coming-of-spring ritual isn’t “official” until inspectors such as Hisato Nishii sign off on it. Over the past few ...

Washington kicks off annual cherry blossom festival

Mar 26, 2017

Washington kicks off annual cherry blossom festival

The opening ceremony of the National Cherry Blossom Festival was held in Washington on Friday to celebrate the iconic pale pink flowers brought to the Tidal Basin as a gift from Japan. “The National Cherry Blossom Festival is the biggest celebration of Japan-U.S. friendship ...

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 ...