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Cherry Blossoms, Japan —Photograph by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel, National Geographic —In Japan the nighttime viewing of cherry blossoms in spring, like these at Kyoto’s Hirano Shrine, is a special event. “The cherries’ only fault: the crowds that gather when they bloom,” wrote Saigyo, a 12th-century poet.

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