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Photo Journal: Weeping wonder

(Mainichi/Naotsune Umemura)

A weeping cherry tree is lit up at Rikugien, a Japanese garden that is designated as a special place of scenic beauty by the national government, in Tokyo's Bunkyo Ward on March 24, 2019. The tree is approximately 70 years old, about 15 meters high and its branches stretch out about 20 meters. A 36-year-old man visiting the garden from Tokyo's Meguro Ward said, "I also saw the tree in the daytime but it's more impressive at night." According to officials at the garden, 70 percent of the blossoms are in bloom now and the best time to see the tree is through this week. Spotlights will shine on the tree until April 3. The facility is extending its opening hours to 9 p.m. (entrance by 8:30 p.m.) during the event.

    (Japanese original by Naotsune Umemura, Photo Group)

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