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The cherry trees of Ueno Park are inspirational in full bloom. Come early spring and Tokyoites head to the area early to snag spots beneath the pink blossoms, which inspire romance, revelry and perhaps more than a few visionary ideas.

More than a decade ago, Koichi Suzuki, the CEO of Internet Initiative Japan Inc., had one such epiphany with his friend, conductor Seiji Ozawa: To create a classical music event among the blooms.

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