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Japan’s famed cherry blossom season blankets the country in the delicate white flowers of the prized and popular Somei-Yoshino tree, delighting residents and visitors alike. But some want change.

The season produces a nationwide frenzy, as forecasters compete to declare when full bloom will arrive, and Japanese unfurl picnic blankets for sometimes raucous viewing parties — at least in pre-pandemic times.

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