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Start of cherry blossom season declared in Tokyo

National Mar 21, 2019

Start of cherry blossom season declared in Tokyo

The cherry blossom season officially arrived in Tokyo on Thursday after officials from the Meteorological Agency confirmed that more than five blossoms had opened on a Somei-Yoshino cherry tree at Yasukuni Shrine in Chiyoda Ward. Most Somei Yoshino cherry trees in Tokyo are now expected ...

National Mar 22, 2015

Japanese, American musicians jazz up Washington cherry blossom festival

Japanese and American musicians including New York-based jazz pianist Manami Morita were among those who entertained visitors to Washington's annual cherry blossom festival on Saturday. Also appearing at a sold-out event at the Warner Theatre were Japanese pop singer Misato Watanabe and the AUN J ...

Our guide to family <em>hanami</em> hot spots

Lifestyle | CHILD'S PLAY Mar 20, 2014

Our guide to family hanami hot spots

by Jason Jenkins

The transition from winter to summer is just beginning, and that means something magical is about to arrive: cherry-blossom season. As winter loosens its grip, delicate pastel petals push their way out of gnarled sakura-tree branches — an early indicator of the warmth that ...

It's not too late for <em>hanami</em>

Events / Events Outside Tokyo May 3, 2013

It's not too late for hanami

by Tomoko Otake

This year's sakura (cherry blossoms) took many people by surprise — especially in the Kanto region. Unusually warm weather in March hastened the peak of the blossoms by a couple of weeks, and by early April, when all the parties by and under the ...

Cheering for cherries

Our Lives | WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST Mar 16, 2013

Cheering for cherries

by Thomas Dillon

If the Grinch — that well-known wet blanket of holiday mirth — were both a betting man and Japanese, it wouldn't be Christmas he was after. Nor New Year's, nor the Emperor's birthday, nor Golden Week, nor National Toilet Day (Nov. 10. Mark it ...