The traditional flower viewing spring celebration, which rakes in millions of tourists every year, will not push through in Tokyo and Osaka in April. Osaka's Japan Mint expressed their apologies about the cancellation as quoted by GMA News: "We are sincerely sorry for those who were looking forward to the viewing… but please give us your understanding."
Local media also said that chances of other cherry blossom events being canceled are highly likely. The cancellation of the yearly celebration follows Tokyo Disneyland and Oriental Land's announcement that they will be shutting down their parks until March 15. The slew of decisions came in response to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s call for organizers of cultural and sporting events to downsize their celebrations, according to a Japan Times report.
Organizers of the Nakameguro Cherry Blossom Festival in Tokyo, however, encouraged would-be guests to appreciate other blooming trees framing the country’s public roads as an alternative.
Unlike South Korea, the Philippines has not yet imposed a travel ban going to Japan. The latter currently has 230 confirmed infections and five deaths from COVID-19.
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