Springtime in Japan is marked by the blooming of beautiful cherry blossoms, called sakura. For a couple of weeks in mid-March and early April, all of the cherry blossoms simultaneously bloom to transform the country into a wonderland of pink petals.
Sakura is an iconic symbol of Japanese culture, often found in anime, manga, Japanese art, film, and music. It is a symbol of the start of spring, of a rebirth of life. Unsurprisingly, this is also the time when Japanese schools and companies start their new year.
Explaining the beauty of the cherry blossoms is nearly impossible, so I've decided for the rest of this post to only include photos: