Japanese white-eyes perch on the branch of a bloomed cherry blossom near the Kukurigawa River on March 7, 2016, in Hita, Oita, Japan. The Asahi Shimbun hide caption toggle caption The Asahi Shimbun The Two-Way Happy Spring! A Roundup Of Stories For The Vernal Equinox March 20, 2016 Early Sunday morning, the earth's axis was pointed neither toward nor away from the sun. So spring has sprung — astronomically speaking. We dug into our archives to mark the occasion.