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I took these photos one year ago in Hiroshima, Japan, during a long after-school bike ride. It was almost always a bit grey on the streets of Hiroshima, but the gloominess fit the architecture of the city in a peaceful sort of way.
It cannot be overstated that in Japan, the sakura is serious business. But why are the blossoms so significant? Here's hoping you get out and enjoy them this spring -- perhaps, even, with a little more history than before.
For advice about where to see cherry blossoms in Japan, check out this post by Huffington Post blogger Gail Nakada. According
Nearly every neighborhood has it's own poofy pink claim to fame, even naughty Roppongi. On the way to the clubs, stop by Tokyo Midtown. The road at the back and side of the complex has 150 trees that are floodlit at night.