Spring in Japan begins with the Cherry Blossoms. When the winter months are over and the fresh spring air blows, Japanese people begin to look forward to the cherry blossoms (or ‘Sakura’ as they are called in Japanese). Cherry blossom season seems to be one of the most anticipated and celebrated seasons in Japan. Sakura are usually only in full bloom for around two weeks, after which, the small, round shaped flowers start to flutter gracefully from their trees (like falling snow) and the blossoms are said to be the most beautiful in this final stage as the white and pink petals gently float to the ground. For many Japanese, the blooming of the cherry blossoms trees symbolizes human life, transience and nobleness. To celebrate this short-lived but beautiful season, Japanese people have ‘flower viewing’ parties known as ‘hanami’. Below are some famous spots for cherry blossom viewing across Japan worth visiting
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Inokashira Park, Tokyo.