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 ...

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 ...