11 photos that prove cherry blossom season is the most beautiful thing ever

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Cherry blossom or “sakura” is considered by many to be the national flower of Japan and every year the spring blooms signal the start of one of the country’s biggest party seasons. The arrival of the blossom brings colleagues, families and friends out into the parks, setting out picnics beneath the trees for “Hanami” (flower viewing).

Popular places such as Ueno Park or Yoyogi Park in Tokyo or Maruyama Park and Heian Shrine in Kyoto will be crowded with people using the blossom as a good excuse to eat, drink, chat (sing karaoke) and celebrate the coming of spring.

From late March into May, the whole country goes cherry blossom crazy with even Kit Kats and ice-cream available in cherry-blossom flavours during the blossom seasons and cherry-blossom forecasts featuring in newspapers and on morning and evening TV news.

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So here are 11 photos that prove cherry blossom season is the most beautiful thing.

Osaka Castle during the spring cherry blossom season.
Osaka Castle during the spring cherry blossom season.
Cherry blossom at Yamagata castle in Kajo Park.
Cherry blossom at Yamagata castle in Kajo Park.
Mishima Shrine in Kyoto. The lantern reads "The light of God"
Mishima Shrine in Kyoto. The lantern reads “The light of God”
Cherry blossom and Mount Fuji in the background.
Cherry blossom and Mount Fuji in the background.
Meguro River during Sakura Festival
Meguro River during Sakura Festival
Japanese spring landscape in Yoshinoyama.
Japanese spring landscape in Yoshinoyama
Maruyama Park in Kyoto during the spring cherry blossom festival.
Maruyama Park in Kyoto during the spring cherry blossom festival.
Chureito pagoda and Mount Fuji.
Chureito pagoda and Mount Fuji.
Chidorigafuji in Tokyo.
Chidorigafuji in Tokyo.
Beautiful sakura cherry blossom trees lit up with Tokyo's Tower in the background.
Beautiful sakura cherry blossom trees lit up with Tokyo’s Tower in the background.
Chidorigafuji in Tokyo.
Chidorigafuji in Tokyo.
11 photos that prove cherry blossom season is the most beautiful thing ever was last modified: April 1st, 2016 by Oonagh Shiel
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