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Andrea Romano
March 27, 2018

It’s the perfect time to enjoy hanami in Tokyo, the traditional Japanese custom of cherry blossom viewing while contemplating life's beauty under the trees.

Tokyo's cherry blossom trees have officially reached their full springtime bloom. The Japan Meteorological Corporation forecasted the bloom to appear on Monday, so naturally locals and tourists were out in droves.

According to the forecast, this year’s flowering began on March 17, nine days earlier than average. Japan has been experiencing some warmer than average temperatures as well. The blossoms are expected to last for about a week, NBC News reported.

Tokyo’s Ueno Park was crowded with people hoping to view the park’s 1,200 trees on Monday, according to The Latin Times. In Tokyo’s Shinjuku Gyoen, a former imperial garden, visitors enjoyed picnics under the pink and white blooms.

Several people have been sharing gorgeous photos of the bloom as well.

Washington D.C. is also patiently waiting for cherry blossoms to fill the landscape with delicate pink and white flowers. The peak bloom period in D.C. is expected to be April 8-12, the National Park Service announced in an updated forecast. 

Until then, people can enjoy photos from Tokyo.

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