Japanese pay close attention to these forecasts and turn out in large numbers at parks, shrines and temples with family and friends to hold flower-viewing parties.
Hanami festivals celebrate the beauty of the cherry blossom and for many are a chance to relax and enjoy the beautiful view.
Most Japanese schools and public buildings have cherry blossom trees outside of them.
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The blossoming begins in Okinawa in January, and typically reaches Kyoto and Tokyo at the end of March or the beginning of April.
It proceeds into areas at the higher altitudes and northward, arriving in Hokkaido a few weeks later.
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Many of the varieties that have been cultivated for ornamental use produce small, unpalatable fruit.