Each year, the cherry blossom season attracts thousands of tourists all over Japan. Its also very popular among locals and holds a very important position in japanese culture. Hanami – cherry blossom viewing – parties are celebrated under the trees. It happens from early to late april, depending on the region.
Of course, traveling in march, we missed the full bloom season, but we were lucky enough to catch a few early trees. While some where just starting to bloom, dotted with a few shy flowers, some others, a few rare ones, were in full bloom, drawing everyone to them to enjoy a profusion of pink petals.
It was quite funny to see all the people gathering underneath, trying to take selfies. But after all, it is a truly magnificent and quite magical sight, especially when the wind rises and blow petals away like confetti.