Tokyo's Famed Cherry Blossoms Reach Full Bloom
Viewing cherry blossoms is a national pastime and cultural event in Japan, where millions of people turn out to admire them annually.
A man watches buds of a cherry tree that have just begun blooming at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Monday, March 21, 2016. The Japan Meteorological Agency said that buds of Tokyo's benchmark cherry tree of "Somei Yoshino" at the shrine started to bloom five days earlier than an average year and two days earlier than last year.
A woman takes pictures of an illuminated Prunus pendula, or Shidarezakura cherry blossom tree in full bloom at Rikugien Gardens in Tokyo on March 27.
Different varieties of cherry blossoms bloom at different times. Once in bloom, the flowers can last four to ten days, depending on weather conditions.