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In Japan’s cherry blossom season, missing full bloom is just part of the fun.

This year, with Tokyo’s peak annual explosion of pink petals arriving nine days early (and in the middle of the working week), many hopeful hanami (cherry-blossom viewing) goers no doubt had their plans disrupted. Not that they would have been too disappointed — and not that it will much influence the Tokyo Midtown Blossom festival, which continues this weekend in front of a fast-fading backdrop of cherry trees.

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