Every April, the pink sakura trees open up their beauty to the country of Japan. The blossom is deeply rooted in the country's rich culture - picnicking under these trees has been a favorite pastime for centuries. Here are some of the most beautiful photos from this year's spectacle. This is the easiest way to see the Japanese Cherry Blossoms unless you're lucky enough to live in Japan.
It's hard to schedule a trip around the blossoms.
Blooming periods vary year to year and the season is short.
You can't schedule or pre-plan for nature.
The blooms of the cherry tree don't stick around for long.
Most blossoms only survive for one short week...
Some even less if the weather is bad.
Cherry blossoms appear on the trees before the leaves come in, giving trees a fairy-tale hue.
Some say they're a near perfect metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life.
Japan has more than 100 varieties of cherry trees, so the colors of the blossoms vary.
...From pale lavender...
...To a very pretty pink.
...And all the shades in between!
Week-long cherry blossom festivals are held all over Japan, and families take part in flower viewing.
The season of the blossoms vary from climate to climate...some blooms have yet to happen in Japan.
Trees in Aomori and Sapporo usually bloom in late April, early May.
So, if you can make the trip to Japan, you've still got a chance to behold one of nature's prettiest spectacles.
Be sure to take plenty of pictures.
It's a once in a lifetime affair for those of us who aren't lucky enough to be surrounded by cherry blossoms.
Washington, DC and Seattle, WA are just two cities in the United States with Cherry Blossom trees, but the seasons are still quite short. We hope you loved this perfectly pink collection of blossoms as much as we enjoyed putting it together.
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