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Planet Earth Is So Much Prettier When Cherry Blossoms Are In Full Bloom

Pretty in pink.

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The northern hemisphere has more to rejoice about than just the end of winter. Because with spring comes the bloom of those oh-so-pretty cherry blossoms.

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Photo taken near Mt. Fuji, Japan.

It's not surprising at all that this natural phenomenon has been a popular draw card for tourists and locals. I mean, just look at this! Who wouldn't want to be the couple in that lake?

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Photo taken in Inokashira, Japan.

Even in high speed, the blossoms are dreamy 😍

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Photo taken near Miura, Japan.

So pretty that the Japanese have a name for sakura appreciation: hanami.

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Hanami, which literally means "flower viewing" is an age-old tradition where people go out and enjoy the transient beauty of cherry blossoms.

Photo taken in Kyoto, Japan.

This phenomenon only lasts for a few weeks, so let's do some hanami through these magical photos from around the world.

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Photo taken in Shinjuku, Japan.

It's clear why this spot at Tidal Basin in Washington DC is one of the most popular cherry blossom destinations outside Japan.

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But even suburban DC, like this one in Kenwood, has its own bragging rights.

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The University of Washington in Seattle proves cherry blossoms are pretty from any angle.

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And this shabby chic growth is totally Brooklyn.

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This tunnel in Jinhae-gu hosts the largest cherry blossoms festival in South Korea.

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A touch of pink in the Missouri Botanical Garden makes romantic picnics more special.

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As if Fernwood in Canada isn't lovely enough, see it when the cherry trees are in full bloom.

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Even Europe's proving it's got game, like this alleyway in Bonn, Germany.

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Many London parks are slowly shedding their pink. This is just one of many trees in St James Park.

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And Paris. Oh, Paris. Like we needed another reason to visit this city.

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Cherry blossoms bloom prettily even under the Tuscan sun.

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But is it prettier than Antwerp?

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Why not both?

Vienna has its own Japanese garden that gives you a taste of the sakura festival if you can't go to the real thing.

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Here are some of the blooms in Kaposvar, Hungary.

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While Prague wants to be just as whimsical.

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Despite the warmer climate, Valladolid in Spain doesn't want to miss out on the prettiness.

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Istanbul is showing off what it's got too.

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And let's not forget about Asia, where these blossoms are bountiful.

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Photo taken in Beijing, China.

And not to be beaten by the Chinese capital, Shanghai shows off its true colours.

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Now get out there before it's too late to stop and smell the flowers.

(Or maybe just look at them, because they're actually odourless.)
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(Or maybe just look at them, because they're actually odourless.)