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Okinawa Cherry blossom festivals 2016

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Japan’s first cherry blossoms appear in Yanbaru, the northern part of Okinawa, around the end of January. The trees are Kanhizakura (Cerasus cerasoides), which have bell-like petals in various shades of pink. You can enjoy colors from pale to rich, varying from tree to tree.

Requiring cold temperatures to come into bloom, the pink blanket created by the trees moves slowly south from the northern mountains in one or two weeks. At this time of year, there will be many cherry blossom festivals taking place across the island, allowing you to enjoy Okinawan-style hanami (cherry blossom viewing). In mainland Japan, hanami usually means a picnic under the cherry trees, but here in Okinawa, you can take a stroll through the beautiful flowers. Wouldn’t you like to be the first to enjoy this year’s blossoms?

*Please be aware that the first day of the festival is subject to change.