Cherry Blossoms Now Expected to Hit Peak Bloom on March 27

Cherry Blossoms Now Expected to Hit Peak Bloom on March 27

Cherry Blossoms Now Expected to Hit Peak Bloom on March 27

The second annual Richmond Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the arrival of Spring and blooming of the cherry blossoms.

The flowers celebration includes picnics under the cherry trees with food and drinks, shared with friends and family-this is a tradition known as hanami, which translates to "watching blossoms", and can be traced back hundreds of years.

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Santos did not specify a start date for the renewed talks, but said the government negotiators will travel back to Quito. He is in favor of the peace deal and is proposing a "social economy" for Colombia with increased taxes for the rich.

Peak bloom is defined as the period when at least 70 percent of the almost 3,000 cherry trees along the Tidal Basin are blossoming. Once peak bloom is reached, the blossoms can remain on the trees from four to 10 days. Subway Nanboku Line, Komagome Station; 300 yen; 03-3941-2222. The popular Kite Festival is set for March 31. A stretch of high temperatures over 50 degrees creates favorable conditions for the cherry blossoms. Last year's crop went through a similar pattern, when another warm February was followed up by temperatures plunging in March and nipping away at the blossoms' development.

TOSHIMAEN AMUSEMENT PARK: March 24-April 4, 10 a.m. -8 p.m.; 500 cherry trees; 500 yen after 3 p.m., 1,600 yen adults, 1,300 yen kids for entry and free ride ticket after 3 p.m.; Seibu Ikebukuro Line, Toshimaen Station; 03-3990-0884.

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