Image of Asia: Cherry blossoms start blooming in Tokyo
The Associated Press
Mar. 21, 2016
In this photo by Koji Sasahara, people gather under cherry blossoms that have just begun blooming at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo. An official from the Japan Meteorological Agency checked the buds on the agency's benchmark cherry tree before confirming it started to bloom Monday, five days earlier than average and two days earlier than last year. The blossoms signal the arrival of spring and blooming trees are a popular attraction for visitors.