Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo: See the 2012 Schedule

It's spring, and you know what that means: cherry blossoms!

Cherry blossom in tokyoAlso known as sakura, the pink flowers are a national symbol for Japan despite being short-lived every year.

The Japanese Weather Association also predicts when the trees will bloom each year, so that people can plan hanami parties with friends and family and relax under the blossoms.

The JWA makes predictions for each of Japan's 47 prefectures, but here are some of the major blossom dates on the 2012 calendar:

Tokyo: March 30
Osaka: March 30
Hiroshima: March 29
Fukuoka: March 27 
Hokkaido: May 4 [yes, May]

via JNTO

Catch the cherry blossoms this year!

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