It ‘s hanami time in Japan, but not in zone 3b!:

The tradition of hanami goes right back to the Heian Period (794-1185), where cherry blossom viewing parties were popular amongst the aristocracy. It wasn’t until much later, during the Azuchi-Momoyama Period (1574-1600) that the samurai warlord, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, popularised the event by throwing massive hanami parties for the people as well.


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