A man wearing a face mask amid fears over the spread of the coronavirus walks past cherry blossom trees at Ueno park in Tokyo earlier hits month. Photo: AFP A man wearing a face mask amid fears over the spread of the coronavirus walks past cherry blossom trees at Ueno park in Tokyo earlier hits month. Photo: AFP
A man wearing a face mask amid fears over the spread of the coronavirus walks past cherry blossom trees at Ueno park in Tokyo earlier hits month. Photo: AFP

Coronavirus: Japan’s cherry blossom season has come early – too bad there’s no one around to enjoy it

  • In a typical year, the blossoms’ arrival mark the start of two weeks of unabashed merrymaking at traditional ‘hanami’ celebrations
  • But warnings against large gatherings and a focus on ‘social distancing’ mean few Japanese will be seen celebrating frolicking under the flowers this year

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
A man wearing a face mask amid fears over the spread of the coronavirus walks past cherry blossom trees at Ueno park in Tokyo earlier hits month. Photo: AFP A man wearing a face mask amid fears over the spread of the coronavirus walks past cherry blossom trees at Ueno park in Tokyo earlier hits month. Photo: AFP
A man wearing a face mask amid fears over the spread of the coronavirus walks past cherry blossom trees at Ueno park in Tokyo earlier hits month. Photo: AFP
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