It's spring, and you know what that means: cherry blossoms!
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]
Catch the cherry blossoms this year!
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