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In Japan, officially bloomed sakura

March 22 2008
09:45

In Saturday's "Land of the Rising Sun" has officially announced the beginning of flowering cherry - the famous pink cherry, which is considered a symbol of the country. At this time the flowers have blossomed about a week earlier than usual.

Despite the fact that in many southern areas had already cherry blossom, admiring flowers season officially begins only after the special control trees in the Shinto Yasukuni shrine reveals more than 5 flowers. This is considered a signal for millions of Japanese people to make go to the parks and picnics under the blossoming trees. Some even sleep under the falling petals, which symbolize the transience of life, ITAR-TASS.

Note that the peak of flowering Japanese cherry occurs in the first half of April.

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