Cherry Blossoms, Japan

Photograph by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel, National Geographic

In Japan the nighttime viewing of cherry blossoms in spring, like these at Kyoto’s Hirano Shrine, is a special event. "The cherries' only fault: the crowds that gather when they bloom," wrote Saigyo, a 12th-century poet.

See more pictures from the March 2013 feature story "Night Gardens."