April 1, 1996 in Nation/World

Capital Celebrating Cherry Blossoms

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The capital’s residents and tourists welcomed budding cherry trees and other signs of spring Sunday as the National Cherry Blossom Festival began.

The two-week festival includes sports events, craft fairs and cultural activities in appreciation of the 3,000 cherry trees given to the city in 1912 by the mayor of Tokyo as a symbol of friendship.


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