Sakura season has arrived!!!

Monday 10th, April 2017 / 15:36 Written by
Sakura season has arrived!!!

Crowds of tourists and residents set off a flurry of selfie sticks and mobile phones in Tokyo’s Ueno Park last week, as they flocked to enjoy the annual arrival of the cherry blossoms marking the start of spring in Japan.

Japan had announced the season would start on March 21 with the flowering of sakura blossoms at the Yasukuni Shrine, but other places in Tokyo were denied the sight, because of a cold weather snap.

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Tuesday’s jump in temperature changed that, however, drawing out masses of people for the “hamami” tradition of the viewing and appreciation of the famous pink flowers.

“It’s very romantic,” said a tourist from Beijing. “People say the petals of cherry blossoms are like snow, and I agree. I think it’s very beautiful that we can see something like snow in warm weather, in a season of rebirth.”

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Beneath the flowering sakura trees, Tokyo residents laid out picnics, with some company employees arriving early to reserve places for colleagues still at work so they could also enjoy the beautiful flowers.

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Monks marched down the paths of Ueno Park to the music of their flutes, as people rowed boats in the moat of the Imperial Palace.

Spring is finally upon Japan and with it comes the beautiful blossoms arrival

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