efe-epaBy Demofilo Pelaez Tokyo

Neither the coronavirus pandemic nor the economic impact it is having on Japan has prevented the Japanese from coming outdoors to take part in the annual tradition of admiring the beauty of cherry trees, or hanami.

The good weather is drawing large numbers of people into the streets and parks to enjoy the full bloom of the pink and white cherry blossoms, an annual event in Japan that marks the beginning of spring and which the Japanese celebrate with hanami picnics under the trees.