As each dawn breaks, thousands more of the cherry tree buds of Japan break into bloom to add to the pink clouds that are enfolding the Empire this month and that give to even the dingiest of Tokyo narrow streets the poetry of spring. Along the banks of the moat between the British Embassy and the Imperial Palace there is a tunnel of the pink blossoms mingled with willow leaves; lining the sweeping drives and on the plateau at Ueno Park hundreds of hana kenbutsunin — flower viewers — are strolling about or sipping the essential sake; on the upper stretches of the Sumidagawa the light tinted blossoms are reflected in the clear water that flows toward Tokyo Bay.
The city of Tokyo has nearly 90,000 cherry trees this year, many of which are already in bloom, while the rest are expected to be in full blossom before the week is gone. There are 16 “beautiful spots” in the city, the most famous of which are near the British Embassy and Hanzomon and at Ueno Park. Kudan, Hibiya Park, Mukojima, along the Edogawa and Shiba Park are some of the others.