Osaka Mint Begins Cherry Blossom Viewing Event

Osaka mint begins cherry blossom viewing event

On Tuesday, the day a redesign of Japan's banknotes was announced, thousands of people are flocking to a cherry blossom viewing event at the Japan Mint.

The annual event at the headquarters of the mint in Osaka, western Japan, dates back more than 130 years.

Ancient Cherry Tree Delights In Fukushima

Ancient cherry tree delights in Fukushima

People in Fukushima Prefecture have hailed the blooming of a giant, 1,000-year-old cherry tree as Japan's "sakura" blossom front heads northeast.

The 13-meter-tall weeping cherry tree is located in the town of Miharu. It is known for its cascading blossoms, and has been designated a natural monument by the government.

Cherry Blossom Blooming In Northeast Japan

Cherry blossom blooming in northeast Japan

People in northeastern Japan are starting to enjoy blooming cherry blossoms.

In Shiroishi City, Miyagi Prefecture, many people are coming to see and photograph more than 300 cherry trees that are in full bloom in the grounds of a restored castle.

Emperor And Empress Enjoy Cherry Blossoms

Emperor and Empress enjoy cherry blossoms

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have gone for a walk outside the Imperial Palace to take in the cherry blossoms.

The Imperial couple started their stroll at Kitahanebashi-mon gate early Sunday. They walked with their arms linked as they made their way to Inui-mon gate.

Cherry Blossom Buses Tour Fukushima No-go Zone

Cherry blossom buses tour Fukushima no-go zone

Passengers on an exclusive cherry-blossom tour have ridden buses through a no-entry zone near the site of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Tomioka Town in Fukushima Prefecture is renowned for its two-kilometer stretch of about 400 cherry trees.

Majestic Cherry Tree In Tokyo A Crowd Magnet After Blossoming

Majestic cherry tree in Tokyo a crowd magnet after blossoming

The pink blossoms of a giant weeping cherry tree in Rikugien Gardens sparkled with bright lights during an illumination event held here on the evening of March 24.

Crowds flocked to see the dazzling cherry blossoms at the Tokyo metropolitan government-run park, which bloomed March 19, two days earlier than the official announcement of the start of somei-yoshio cherry blooming. They combined with the surroundings of the Japanese garden in the capital's Bunkyo Ward to create an enchanting atmosphere.

Public Views Imperial Palace Cherry Blossoms

Public views Imperial Palace Cherry blossoms

An avenue inside the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo has been opened to the public for cherry blossom viewing. The Imperial Household Agency says more than 40,000 people visited the street on Saturday.

About 700 people were waiting outside a palace gate on Saturday morning for a chance to walk along Inui Street before Emperor Akihito's abdication on April 30.

Palace Grounds Open For Cherry Blossom Viewing

Palace grounds open for cherry blossom viewing

An avenue inside the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo has been opened to the public for cherry blossom viewing.

About 700 people were waiting outside a palace gate on Saturday morning for the final chance to walk along Inui Street before Emperor Akihito's abdication on April 30.

Imperial Couple Enjoy Cherry Blossoms In Kyoto

Imperial couple enjoy cherry blossoms in Kyoto

Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have enjoyed viewing cherry blossoms at Kyoto Gyoen National Garden in the ancient capital of Kyoto in western Japan.

The couple is now in Kyoto to attend ceremonies leading up to the Emperor's abdication on April 30.

Night Viewing Of Cherry Blossoms In Kyoto Returns After 3 Years

Night viewing of cherry blossoms in Kyoto returns after 3 years

KYOTO--Due to popular demand, a night-time cherry blossom viewing event will return along the Shirakawa river in the city's Gion-Shinbashi district in Higashiyama Ward for the first time in three years.

The event to light up cherry blossoms was canceled after spring 2016 due to safety concerns following a rapid increase in the number of visitors.

Spring Cherry Blossoms Visible In Mid-october

Spring cherry blossoms visible in mid-October

A series of typhoons may have led to spring-blooming cherry trees budding across Japan in the past few weeks.

A private weather company has received 354 reports of budding cherry trees in an area stretching from Kyushu, western Japan, to the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido as of Sunday.

2018 Mazda Miata Adds A Cherry On Top

2018 Mazda Miata adds a cherry on top

For 2018, Mazda is adding a number of new options that should get the attention of prospective Miata buyers, and one of them is shown above. Starting with the new model year, Mazda will offer both the usual black soft top, but also a "Dark Cherry" red top. It looks quite sharp with the silvery-blue color above, and it should be an excellent complement to the Grand Touring model's newest interior option. On the Grand Touring trim, customers can choose the reddish-brown Nappa leather interior that was first applied to the Miata RF Launch Edition. The interior package adds $300 to the top-trim Miata's price tag.

There are a few other upgrades sprinkled throughout the Miata lineup. The base-level Sport models will finally get infotainment with a 7-inch screen instead of the the little stereo controls mounted to the dash. The midrange Club model now gets heated cloth seats that are upgraded to heated leather units with the Brembo/BBS package, which for $3,770 adds Brembo brakes, BBS wheels, a body kit and the aforementioned seats. Another $700 nets the same package but with Recaro seats that also feature seat heaters.

Cherry Blooms In Sprout In Washington

Cherry blooms in sprout in Washington

Jiji Press WASHINGTON (Jiji Press) — The opening function of the National Cherry Blossom Festival was held in Washington on Friday, with the famous pale pink blooms, a blessing from Japan, coating the Tidal Basin.

The cherry blooms in Washington were given from Tokyo in 1912 as an image of kinship. A sum of around 3,800 trees along the Potomac River charm guests each spring.