The long cold winter is finally over in the Northern Hemisphere. The first day of spring brings new hope, light, warmer temperatures and stunning natural beauty. After months and months of stark landscape and dark days, the most welcoming aspect of spring is the stunning blossom bursting out to brighten the gloomy days of winter. Fluffy pink cherry blossom lined streets are synonymous with the change in seasons. Japan is often thought to be very best place to view rows and rows of pink streets and parks. Yearly, travelers flock to the land of the rising sun to take part in the festivals and events celebrating the arrival of spring. From mid to late April through early May, Japan is blessed with a pink landscape.

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Boasting an equally impressive pink landscape and making a name for itself as the place to be on the first day of spring, Vancouver, BC, on the West Coast of Canada is staking claim as one of the most beautiful places in the world to take in the magic of the cherry blossom. With its own Cherry Blossom Festival, this year taking place April 2 thru 29, the streets of Vancouver are bursting with an array of pink hues. From light fluffy pink to darker shades, a driving tour of Vancouver streets in the springtime makes for some breathtaking views and photos. The rosy hues make great contrast to the city backdrop of clear glass skyscrapers, bright blue skies and snow-caped mountains.

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With over 1,500 locations in the city to view these beautiful, old trees spending a few days exploring the natural beauty of Vancouver is a great way to take in the beauty of spring. In the heart of the city, two local parks are the focal point of the festival with thousands of trees to view. Both Queen Elizabeth Park and VanDusen Gardens host an array of events to celebrate the season. Perched high on a hill in residential Vancouver, Queen Elizabeth Park is home largest number of blossom trees in one area. When the blossoms are out, hundreds of visitors flock to QE Park to take stunning photos under the soft pink petals. At VanDusen Gardens, Sakura Days Japan Fair held on the first weekend of the annual festival, educates and engages guests in the history of the cherry blossom and its importance in Japanese culture. Combing ancient culture in a modern city, Vancouver is a beautiful place to be this spring.

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Created by Lynn May Gosselin

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