Traditional Japanese lantern shop struggles amid virus It's springtime in Tokyo, but many of the country's cherry blossom festivals are cancelled. The coronavirus outbreak has put a damper on one of Japan's hallmark festivals. Any other year, it would draw in millions across the country and from abroad. Tokyo and other cities would be full of 'hanami' or 'flower-viewing' parties - eating and drinking as the flower petals fall. It's not just revelers that are disappointed. Norio Yamada crafts the paper lanterns that would illuminate the light pink flowers as the sun sets. Traditional Japanese lantern shop struggles amid virus

Traditional Japanese lantern shop struggles amid virus

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It's springtime in Tokyo, but many of the country's cherry blossom festivals are cancelled. The coronavirus outbreak has put a damper on one of Japan's hallmark festivals. Any other year, it would draw in millions across the country and from abroad. Tokyo and other cities would be full of 'hanami' or 'flower-viewing' parties - eating and drinking as the flower petals fall. It's not just revelers that are disappointed. Norio Yamada crafts the paper lanterns that would illuminate the light pink flowers as the sun sets.

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