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What season is it? Cherry trees seen blooming across Japan

National Oct 21, 2018

What season is it? Cherry trees seen blooming across Japan

Even cherry trees aren't sure what to make of this year's run of unusual weather. Cherry blossoms, which usually bloom in the spring, have recently been flowering across the nation, likely due to typhoons that brought in warm air and salty seawater, according to Weathernews ...

Japanese hotels welcoming visitors with cherry blossoms

Business / Corporate Apr 4, 2018

Japanese hotels welcoming visitors with cherry blossoms

Major hotels are hoping displays of cherry blossoms will attract more overseas visitors at a time when the focus of tourists is shifting away from shopping toward cultural experiences. Keio Plaza Hotel in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward is exhibiting a 5-meter-high arrangement of flowers in its ...

Go west to enjoy a family <em>hanami</em> party

Lifestyle | CHILD'S PLAY Mar 18, 2018

Go west to enjoy a family hanami party

by Jason Jenkins

At last, winter's grip is loosening and spring in Japan is on its way. Soon cherry blossoms will explode across the archipelago, and parks around the country will be full of smiles and picnic tarps. That's right: it's hanami (cherry-blossom viewing) season again — ...

Spring declared as Tokyo spots season's first cherry blossoms

National Mar 17, 2018

Spring declared as Tokyo spots season's first cherry blossoms

Spring officially arrived in Tokyo on Saturday as the Meteorological Agency declared the start of the cherry blossom season, prompting viewers to party under the trees with cherry-related items flooding the capital. Forecasters watching trees at Yasukuni Shrine said the city's first blossoms had appeared, ...