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Sakura Season Hits Peak in Tokyo

TOKYO, Apr 05 (News On Japan) - Tokyo's cherry blossoms have officially reached their peak bloom, 13 days later than last year.

At Senso-ji Temple, the iconic Somei Yoshino cherry trees stand in stunning harmony with the temple's historic five-story pagoda. Among the admirers was a woman from South Africa, visiting Japan for the first time. "The cherry blossoms are incredible, and the temple is simply magnificent," she shared, reflecting the awe that brings thousands to Tokyo during sakura season.

The city's weeping cherry trees, too, are stunningly picturesque, their branches cascading with vibrant blooms. For a couple from Russia, this backdrop was perfect for a memorable photo. "It's a unique beauty you won't find anywhere else in the world," said a visitor from Finland, captivated by the pink blossoms against the ancient temple.

This season marks the first full-scale cherry blossom viewing since the pandemic began, with the traditional yakatabune houseboats on the Sumida River enjoying a resurgence in popularity. These boats offer a moving vantage point to take in the riverside sakura and the towering Skytree, with guests enjoying an array of traditional Japanese dishes onboard.

A family from Taiwan, visiting their daughter living in Japan, experienced the cherry blossom magic together. "We barely made it after an earthquake shook just before our flight," the daughter explained. "Unlike Taiwan, where cherry trees are sparse, Japan offers an expanse of blossoms," her family observed.

From the yakatabune decks, visitors marvel at the blend of nature and architecture, with cherry blossoms framing the Skytree. A guest from Oita described the scene as "incredibly beautiful, a sight that deeply moves the heart."

As the sakura season continues, the question on everyone's mind is how long this beauty will last. According to forecasts, the blossoms should remain at their best for about another week, until around April 10. For Shinichi Ando, a boatman, the return of enthusiastic viewers is a delightful sight. "It's wonderful to have our guests back, enjoying the sakura just like before," he said, echoing the sentiment of many eagerly partaking in this cherished spring tradition.

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