IN PHOTOS: Cherry blossom season in Japan 2014
MANILA, Philippines – It's that time of the year again.
Cherry blossoms are currently blooming in Japan, ushering in better weather and a throng of admirers.
These flowers are called sakura in Nihonggo and taking a walk at the park during this season is a popular activity for visitors and locals in Japan.
Here are some photos of this year's cherry trees in bloom:
Tourists and most of the Japanese would often describe cherry blossom season as Japan's most beautiful, with several festivals dedicated to the pink, sweet-smelling flowers.
But the beautiful flowers are very ephemeral in nature. Though symbolizing beauty, the Japanese fable The Tale of Genji said the cherry blossoms also stand as a reminder that life is fleeting.
The same flower and fruit-bearing trees were also used by Japan as gifts to other countries – particularly the United States. In 1912, Tokyo mayor Yukio Ozaki gifted Washington with 3,000 cherry trees. This is why Washington D.C. also has its own Cherry Blossom Season.