夜桜 Night blossom
Yozakura means "night blossom" in Japanese, and is one aspect of Japan's ancient cherry blossom tradition.
|Yozakura in Yoyogi Park, Tokyo.|
The Japanese cherry tree, Prunus serrulata, is an ornamental tree that, due to its artificial breeding over the centuries, does not produce fruit. It blossoms in early spring, which is the occasion for the centuries-old tradition of hanami (literally, "flower viewing") in Japan.
|Lovers enjoying sakura at dusk,|
with Tokyo Skytree in the background. Taito ward, Tokyo.
|Yozakura, Kuramae, Taito ward, Tokyo.|
At nighttime, cherry trees continue to charm, either in moonlight or under lamplight, as the petals subtly reflect the gentle light. Picnicking under cherry trees at night is a tradition in Japan, and adds a sense of mystique and fun to the floral charm.
|Drinking under the yozakura, a night party in Yoyogi Park, Tokyo.|
|Yozakura by lamplight, Yanagibashi, Taito ward, Tokyo. |
|Night sakura in front of the British Embassy, Tokyo.|
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