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Photo Journal: Flower shower

(Mainichi/Ayane Matsuyama)

Pink cherry blossoms are seen at their peak on March 10, 2019, at the garden of the "Bukeyashiki Haradake" house in the western Japan city of Tokushima. The site is designated as a national tangible cultural property. Visitors enjoyed taking photos and drinking tea while viewing cherry blossoms blowing in the wind. The "Hachisukazakura" tree, one of the species of winter-blooming cherry trees, is estimated to be 250 years old. According to the non-profit organization that opens the venue to the public annually, the flowers are blooming about five days earlier than an average year due to warm weather this winter.

    (Japanese original by Ayane Matsuyama, Tokushima Bureau)

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