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Spring marks the start of the cherry blossom season

Staff writers
March 20, 2013 — Wednesday is the first day of spring and that means the start of the cherry blossom season.

Cherry blossoms still bare in Washington
Cherry blossoms still bare in Washington

Spring has sprung, and cherry blossoms are in full bloom across Japan.

With a recent spell of unusually warm weather, officials announced the start to the cherry blossom season over the weekend. That's two weeks earlier than last year. 

The blossoms only last for a couple of weeks, so Wednesday's public holiday will give people the chance to check out the cherry trees.

It's a different story in Washington however. 

Washington DC's famous cherry blossoms have yet to bloom, pushing back the start of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival.

Last year's blooms came in early March, but this year, festival organizers are estimating the peak blooms won't happen until the first week of April.

With files from CNN

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