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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.