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

| 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

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, ...

Cherry trees in full bloom in Tokyo, elsewhere across Japan

Mar 31, 2016

Cherry trees in full bloom in Tokyo, elsewhere across Japan

Cherry trees reached full bloom in central Tokyo on Thursday, three days earlier than usual amid warm weather, and two days later than last year, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. About 80 percent of buds on the Somei-Yoshino variety of cherry tree at Yasukuni Shrine ...

The centuries-old charm of Japan's cherry blossoms

| Mar 14, 2016

The centuries-old charm of Japan's cherry blossoms

by Reiji Yoshida

The time of year much awaited by many people across the country is finally near: the blooming period of the nation's beloved sakura (cherry blossoms). Numerous people plan hanami (cherry-blossom viewing) under the trees, one of the biggest spring events on the Japanese calendar. But when ...

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

| 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>

/ 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 ...