In pictures: Celebrating beautiful cherry blossoms in time of coronavirus pandemic
Take a break from the coronavirus pandemic news and look at these beautiful and awe-inspiring cherry blossoms.
As signature cherry blossom trees go through peak bloom in Washington DC -- the US capital -- officials resorted to mass street closures to keep large crowds away in the face of the coronavirus pandemic that has so far killed over 400 in the US. As officials urged "social distancing" to curb the spread of coronavirus, First Lady Melania Trump suggested potential onlookers to view the trees online. But people still went out to witness the cherry blossoms bloom.
Meanwhile, in Japan, the coronavirus pandemic has not been able to deter people from celebrating as the country's famed cherry trees explode into bloom.
Over a warm long weekend in Tokyo, people packed into traditional blossom hotspots, many not even wearing face masks amid the alarming situation, to admire the fluffy white and pink flowers hanging from delicate stems. Take a look at the pictures of the cherry blossom season in the US, Japan and other countries.