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The ancient Takizakura cherry tree, in Miharu, Japan, in March, just days before bursting into bloom. A pathway for tourists at the base of the tree will see less use this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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'A Reminder That Nature Is Strong': In Japan, A 1,000-Year-Old Cherry Tree Blooms

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People picnic underneath the cherry blossoms in Tokyo's Yoyogi Park on Sunday. People strolled under the trees and spread out picnic blankets, ignoring the posted signs about the dangers of COVID-19. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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