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41.Cherry trees

Cherry trees of Yasukuni Shrine have their origin in the cherry trees planted here at Kudan for the first time in 1870, the year after the Sanctuary of Yasukuni Shrine (known as Tokyo Shokonsha at that time) was built. These beautiful trees, which symbolize Japan, were symbol of pride for the divinities of the shrine. Today there are about 600 cherry trees here, many of which are somei yoshino and yamazakura varieties. Each year, the Japan Meteorological Agency bases its cherry blossom flowering forecasts on the cherry trees at Yasukuni Shrine.