FILIPINA tourist Maria Luisa Tanyag-Babet touches the sakura (cherry blossoms), which bloomed early in Shibuya, Tokyo.

The blooming of cherry flower usually starts from warmer areas in Japan’s south in January and ends in the north in mid-May, with most areas filled with the flowers by late-March and April.

Signaling the start of spring, the cherry blossom season is short—only one week after the opening of the first blossoms.

To the Japanese, the blooming of cherry blossoms is a reminder that life is beautiful, but that it is also short.


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