This nearly 400 year-old stone lantern is one of a pair—its twin resides at a Tokyo temple.
The Japanese lanterns were carved to honor the Third Shogun of the Tokugawa period.
On Japan's southern, subtropical islands of Okinawa, cherry blossoms open as early as January, while on the northern island of Hokkaido, they bloom as late as May.
Furthermore, the blooming time of cherry trees differs from year to year depending on the weather.If the weather during the months and weeks preceding the cherry blossom season is mild, blossoms will open early. From year to year, the start of the blooming season typically varies by plus/minus one week, but larger deviations are also possible. Full bloom (mankai) is usually reached within about one week after the opening of the first blossoms (kaika).Expert photographers will tell you, taking a captivating cherry blossom shot requires the right scene.Another thing they'd tell you is to take a picture at the right moment.Another week later, the blooming peak is over and the blossoms are falling from the trees.
Strong wind and rain can cut the blooming season even shorter.Click HERE to visit our 2015 cherry blossom infographic!Spring in Japan can only mean one thing: cherry blossom.Tokyo usually sees its first blossoms in the dying days of March, with full bloom falling around April 5.Kyoto follows a day or two later, while the mountainous areas around Takayama and Matsumoto bloom about two weeks later - beginning in mid-April.Welcome to the 2017 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival®, now celebrating its 50th year, which is one of California’s most prominent celebrations of Asian traditions and biggest on the West coast.