07 Apr '11, 5pm

Japan sees low-key cherry blossom season

Japan sees low-key cherry blossom season

TOKYO : It is cherry blossom season in Tokyo, but the mood this year is very different. The official cherry blossom season is announced based on the budding of five to six flowers on a cherry tree in the compound of the Yasukuni Shrine. This year, it was on March 28 - six days later than last year. Yasukuni Shrine is not only famous for honouring the war dead. It is also famous as a cherry blossom viewing area. However, this year it is different from other years, as one does not see any food stalls lined up. Traditionally, people will try to save a place on the side of the walkway and enjoy the evening partying near cherry blossoms. Junji Suzuki from the Chiyoda-ku Tourist Association, said: "On an average year, we light up the Chidorigafuchi area so that visitors can enjoy the evening too. But we have to conserve energy this year, so we have refrained from doing so. The a...

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