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    Posted April 12, 2012 by
    Yokosuka, Japan

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    Cherry blossom in Japan


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Pinoypaul says he was inspired to take photos of the trees producing beautiful cherry blossoms. He says the bloom of these blossoms is a natural tourist attraction. 'Cherry blossoms for me have a spiritual significance. God's plan for our lives happens at the right place, the right time, and the right moment,' he says.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    It's time of the year when the flowers of cherry trees blossom and give color to gardens, parks, and roads in Japan. A quick research on Wikipedia reveals: "a cherry blossom is any of several trees of genus, Prunus, particularly the Japanese cherry."


    Here are some photos I took in Yokosuka, JP where we live. The blossoming of cherries begin in Okinawa by January and moves to Tokyo and northern places of Japan every March. No doubt, Japanese residents and tourists wait this season of the year and most of them participate in the Cherry blossom festival.


    Cherry blossom symbolizes sorts of things: nationalism among the populace, spiritual renewal for the needy, and sign of hope and new beginning. An extreme part of history exhibited that Japanese pilots who are committing "kamikaze" brought branches of trees before embarking on suicidial mission.


    Personally, cherry blossom signifies perfect timing of God's plan in my life. Cherry blossom happens at the right place, right time, and right moment.

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