21 Most Beautiful Japanese Cherry Blossom Photos

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In Japan, the flowering cherry trees, known as sakura, signal the return of spring. The beautiful blooms are short-lived – they last about two weeks – which makes them also a metaphor for fleeting youth and beauty. They are popular subjects of painting and poetry, and their yearly return is celebrated with flower-viewing picnics and festivals throughout the country beginning in April.

The beauty of these pink flowers never gets old. Here’s a compilation of the best photos of this year’s cherry blossoms in Japan. Time to stop and smell the sakura.

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