Spring is a time of new life and new beginnings. As animals start to come out of hibernation, they are welcomed with the illustrious colors of the season, and there is no view that comes close to the sheer beauty of the cherry blossom bloom in Japan. The flowers of the cherry blossoms begin to bud around the beginning of February, but each year during early April, peak bloom occurs. This event is defined as when 70 percent of the blossoms in the region are in full bloom, and thousands of people travel to the country to witness one of the most stunning displays of color in nature.
In celebration of this year's bloom, National Geographic asked the public to send in photographs of the blooming trees to be featured in a "Your Shot" posting to their website. Only the best submissions made the cut, and their beauty is almost indescribable.
Inokashira Park, where many locals celebrate the blooming of the cherry blossoms with a traditional picnic. This custom is known as "hanami." Fallen petals fill the river that flows through the area.
Cherry blossoms decorate the view of the Meguro River in Tokyo, Japan.
An aerial view of the blooms over Mt. Yoshino. The blossoming trees cover the paths from the north to the south of the Omine Renzan mountains. The area is of great historical significance and has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Traditional lanterns light up the trees at Ueno park, Tokyo.
The experience of taking a boat ride in Hirosaki, Aomori, Japan.
Even in the busy city streets of midtown Tokyo, cherry blossoms bring a lovely ambiance to commuters and travelers. Can you imagine seeing this on your morning drive?
A peaceful scene in a local park in Kyoto.
The flowers reflecting off the windows of a passing train in Jinhae-chon, Gyeonggi, South Korea.
Even dogs can't help but stop to smell the cherry blossoms!
Farmers getting the fields prepared in Biei, Hokkaido, Japan. With such an illustrious view in the distance, could you really fault them if they wanted to take a break?
An elderly couple enjoying the sights and each other's company.
Within two weeks of blooming, the cherry blossoms already start to fall and cover the ground.
Though Japan is famous for them, cherry blossom trees can be found all over the world. This photo was taken in the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C.
Still, there is nowhere that has them in such great numbers as Japan.
Gusts of wind carry the fallen petals into the air in Shinjuku Gyoen, Japan.
Chidorigafuchi is one of the more popular spots for viewing cherry blossoms in Tokyo, and it isn't hard to see why. Who could have imagined such beauty in the heart of one of the busiest cities in the world?
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