Letter From Tokyo

Picture perfect Japan is pretty in pink

People walk on a pedestrian bridge over the Edo river surrounded by blooming cherry trees in Tokyo on March 28, 2022. PHOTO: AFP
People row boats under fully-blossoming cherry trees in Tokyo on March 28, 2022. PHOTO: AFP
People having an evening drink as others stroll under blossoming cherry trees along the Meguro river in Tokyo on March 27, 2022. PHOTO: AFP
A drone view of sakura in bloom at Mount Yoshino, a Unesco World Heritage Site in Nara Prefecture, Japan. PHOTO: DRONE ENTERTAINMENT CO
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TOKYO - I never fail to feel awe when Japan, already so regularly picture perfect, becomes pretty in pink when the sakura cherry blossoms go into full bloom - including in Tokyo this week.

For many in Japan, the cherry blossoms have come to take on a poetic meaning in their swift evolution from buds to blossoms and then to withering and dying in just a matter of days.

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