Japan welcomes its earliest cherry blossoms in over 1,200 years

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Japan is seeing an earlier spring than usual as the blooming of cherry blossoms or sakura reached a peak on March 26, 2021. It is the earliest peak on record according to imperial documents which date back to AD812 tracking the arrival of the delicate flowers which lasts for only about a week. Many Japanese people were able to enjoy the pink-and-white blooms before the petals started falling, since the government had lifted a state of emergency in Tokyo a few days before. But hanami or flower-viewing parties beneath the blooms were still banned because of fears about the spread of Covid-19.

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