Cherry blossoms have officially started flowering on social media in Japan with every photograph looking pretty much identical to every year prior to 2018.

Images of white and pink sakura have begun appearing in feeds four days earlier than last year, and nine days earlier than average.

Despite the similarities, there will be over 100 million unique cherry blossom pictures posted online over the next week.

Many foreigners in Japan are excited to be experiencing the unique Japanese phenomenon known as Spring.

“This one here is of a cherry blossom tree near my apartment that I’m sure no one has every taken a photograph of before,” says 31-year-old foreigner Shelley Kripps.

“Especially not from this angle using light from the sun.”

[日本語版]

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