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Cherry Blossoms

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Cherry blossoms, which signal the arrival of spring, can be described as the flower most loved by the people of Japan. As spring approaches, cherry blossom forecasts are reported on TV and in newspapers. The blossoming of these trees advancing from the south to the north on the Japanese archipelago is called the "cherry blossom front."
During the cherry blossom season, people spread blankets or vinyl sheets under the trees for a picnic with friends or family in a spring tradition called "hanami." There are over 300 varieties of cherry blossoms in Japan, with differing flower colors and number of petals.
The beauty of falling petals is also part of the charm. The pale pink petals fluttering in the wind like snow are called "sakura fubuki," literally meaning cherry blossom snowfall.