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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 ...

Nagasaki observes first cherry blooms of season in Japan

National Mar 20, 2019

Nagasaki observes first cherry blooms of season in Japan

Cherry trees came into bloom Wednesday in Nagasaki Prefecture, marking the first blooming of the Somei-Yoshino variety to be recorded in Japan this spring, according to the Meteorological Agency. Officials confirmed at around 10 a.m. that five flowers had started to blossom from a cherry ...

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 — ...