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Cherry Blossoms, Japan

Photograph by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel, National Geographic

In Japan the nighttime viewing of cherry blossoms in spring, like these at Kyoto’s Hirano Shrine, is a special event. “The cherries’ only fault: the crowds that gather when they bloom,” wrote Saigyo, a 12th-century poet. 

This photo appeared in the March 2013 National Geographic feature story, "Night Gardens."

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