People wearing masks strolled around the perimeter of the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo, taking pictures and posing for selfies among the trees.
This year, over 4.6 lakh tulip bulbs were brought from Holland, which has the world's biggest flower bulb market.
In pandemic times, when so much goes against the grain, some beauties of nature are no longer embraced but kept at bay.
Several thousand people converged on Dam Square in front of the Royal Palace to enjoy and pick the 200,000 free tulips, making gorgeous bunches for themselves from the rainbow of vibrant colours on offer.
The title of the show, from a quote of Frida Kahlo, stems from “Flower Power”, an informal counterculture movement of the late 1960s advocating peace and universal love, using the flower as a symbol.
The flowers are such a boon for drawing tourists — an estimated 650,000 arrive in the city every spring — that city and tourism officials are hosting a series of events this spring to encourage them to stay a bit longer.
It used to be such a pleasure when the wind blew. When it blew through thousands of its leaves and dozens of its branches. Its tip was often seen brushing our balcony and its fallen leaves and flowers were often seen pleasantly littering our garage.
There’s a tradition for making Japanese hair ornaments that goes back hundreds of years and is officially recognized by the government.
The fast-spreading pest poses a special risk in Iraq, one of the world's hottest countries that is already suffering from regular droughts and shrinking water resources due to overuse, pollution and upstream river dams.