Cherry blossom came early in Japan this year, and adding to the beauty of the natural spectacle is a blanket of snow—a rather uncommon sight in central Japan, particularly in capital Tokyo, where the last heavy snowfall took place in early 2018.
Seen last 29 March, the rare occurrence—which hasn’t been observed in the city for 32 years—is a result of a passing low-pressure front that turned rain into snow. More than one centimeter of snow was measured, making for a magical scene that unfortunately not a lot of city dwellers caught, as Japan tightened its stay-at-home measures to flatten the curve of the country’s growing COVID-19 issue.
But the sight is not to be forgotten, as pictures of snow-dusted sakura trees continue to circulate online. Check out some of them below:
*Featured image by Yusan Finn on Shutterstock