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Japanese Cherry Blossom Viewing

Kyoto, Japan

Once a year, the cherry trees bloom in Kyoto, igniting a frenzy of locals and visitors, who swarm the streets to admire the spectacle. Various shades of pink explode upon the landscape like puffs of cotton candy, making it easy to understand why the sakura is so cherished here. Pretty and unpredictable, the flowers blossom for just a short time in early spring, when predictions of bloom dates become a hot debate in the local news.

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