Annual cherry blossom viewing event begins in Osaka
Japan Today -- Apr 12
An annual cherry blossom viewing event that is a famous spring feature in Osaka, held since 1883, began Wednesday at the Japan Mint headquarters.

Visitors snapped photos with their cameras and smartphones as the weeklong seasonal event opened at about 10 a.m., displaying 349 cherry trees of 134 different varieties along a roughly 560-meter path from the venue's south gate to north gate.

Mitsuo Itayama, a 79-year-old man from the city of Sakai, said, "I look forward to this event every year. I want to take time and see the beautiful cherry blossoms."

The Japan Mint selected as this year's cherry blossom prunus serrulata, or hill cherry, with a Japanese name meaning "big lantern," which boasts spherical large flowers.

The annual event has been staged for more than 130 years, uninterrupted except for during World War II and its aftermath. It offers free admittance and is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the weekend.

大阪市北区の造幣局では春の風物詩「桜の通り抜け」が始まりました。 約560メートルの遊歩道に134種類もの桜が並び、見物客を出迎えます。造幣局が選ぶ今年の花は「大提灯」。ふっくらと丸い大きな花が提灯のようにぶら下がって咲くのが特徴です。
News sources: Japan Today, ANNnewsCH
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