Wintersweet blossoms are seen in bloom at "Robai no Sato" park in the city of Annaka, Gunma Prefecture, north of Tokyo, on Jan. 18, 2019. People enjoyed viewing the fresh yellow flowers and their mildly sweet smell. Roughly 12,000 wintersweet trees are planted in an area over about 3.2 hectares at the park. The flowers started to blossom about a month earlier than in an average year as temperatures in December were high, according to park officials. The flowers can be viewed until around the end of January.
(Japanese original by Tatsuya Fujii, Photo Group)