Seeing as it was a public holiday in Japan, many decided to brave the freezing temperatures to snap some photos of the snowy sakura, giving us a peek into what it looked like in different areas around town.
At Sakura Shrine in Setagaya Ward, an early blooming variety of cherry blossom was weighed down by the snowfall.
The bright pink blossoms of early blooming sakura, like this one just south of Tokyo in Kanagawa Prefecture, created a beautiful contrast to the large white snowflakes.
Videos of the snowfall have been particularly beautiful. Scroll through the photos above for a clip taken at Inokashira Park near the Ghibli Museum.
One of the most popular destinations to see the sakura is Meguro River, which is lined with cherry blossom trees and pink lanterns to help create a festival-like atmosphere. The snow made the area look even more atmospheric.
Ice on the petals of the Somei Yoshino sakura, Japan’s most popular variety, show the new blooms bracing themselves against the unseasonably cold weather.
The flurries of snow falling gently around the trees make many of the photos look like beautiful paintings.
Although many of the sakura trees are still filled with buds and yet to reach their peak beauty at full blossom, this snowy display gave us another insight into the glorious appeal of Japan’s iconic flower.
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