Cherry Blossoms in Full Bloom in Japan
Image credit: Mainichi

Winter is slowly losings its cold grasp around the world. If you like that feeling in spring when the flora and fauna is beginning to liven up the grey drenched scenery of winter, then enjoy these magnificent photos of one of the earliest cherry blossom festivals in Kawazu, Japan.

This is the earliest in the past 15 years the officials say that the cherry blossom has been triggered. A rather mild winter seems to be the culprit. According to the official website, the Kawazu-zakura were in full bloom on February 15th. The beautiful landscape along the Kawazu river will likely stay in this gorgeous color until around early march. Along the riverbanks there are roughly 8000 cherry trees. The lush scenery attracts millions of visitors and romantic lovebirds each year.

Hanami is a century old Japanese tradition, which is the act of flower viewing. Every year the Japanese Meteorological Agency and the public track the sakura zensen, the cherry blossom front, as it moves northward up the archipelago with the approach of warmer weather via nightly forecasts following the weather segment of news programs.