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Cherry blossoms bloom amid ruins

<p>Cherry blossoms in full bloom are seen at an area devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Ofunato, Iwate prefecture, April 18, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai </p>

Cherry blossoms in full bloom are seen at an area devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Ofunato, Iwate prefecture, April 18, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Cherry blossoms in full bloom are seen at an area devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Ofunato, Iwate prefecture, April 18, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

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<p>Cherry blossoms in full bloom are seen at an area devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, April 19, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai </p>

Cherry blossoms in full bloom are seen at an area devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, April 19, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Cherry blossoms in full bloom are seen at an area devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, April 19, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

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<p>Cherry blossoms are seen on a tree damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Ofunato, Iwate prefecture, April 18, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai </p>

Cherry blossoms are seen on a tree damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Ofunato, Iwate prefecture, April 18, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Cherry blossoms are seen on a tree damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Ofunato, Iwate prefecture, April 18, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

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<p>Cherry blossoms in full bloom are seen in an area devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, April 19, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai </p>

Cherry blossoms in full bloom are seen in an area devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, April 19, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Cherry blossoms in full bloom are seen in an area devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, April 19, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

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<p>Cherry blossoms on a tree damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Ofunato are seen next to fish near a damaged fish-processing plant in Ofunato, Iwate prefecture, April 18, 2011. The fish was likely washed up from the nearby plant. REUTERS/Toru Hanai </p>

Cherry blossoms on a tree damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Ofunato are seen next to fish near a damaged fish-processing plant in Ofunato, Iwate prefecture, April 18, 2011. The fish was likely washed up from the nearby plant....more

Cherry blossoms on a tree damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Ofunato are seen next to fish near a damaged fish-processing plant in Ofunato, Iwate prefecture, April 18, 2011. The fish was likely washed up from the nearby plant. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

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<p>Cherry blossoms in full bloom are seen at an area devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, April 19, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai </p>

Cherry blossoms in full bloom are seen at an area devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, April 19, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Cherry blossoms in full bloom are seen at an area devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, April 19, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

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<p>Cherry blossoms are seen on a tree damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Ofunato, Iwate prefecture, April 18, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai </p>

Cherry blossoms are seen on a tree damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Ofunato, Iwate prefecture, April 18, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Cherry blossoms are seen on a tree damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Ofunato, Iwate prefecture, April 18, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

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<p>Cherry blossoms are seen in an area devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, April 19, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai </p>

Cherry blossoms are seen in an area devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, April 19, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Cherry blossoms are seen in an area devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, April 19, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

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<p>Cherry blossoms are seen on a tree damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Ofunato, Iwate prefecture, April 18, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai </p>

Cherry blossoms are seen on a tree damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Ofunato, Iwate prefecture, April 18, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Cherry blossoms are seen on a tree damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Ofunato, Iwate prefecture, April 18, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

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<p>Cherry blossoms in full bloom are seen in an area devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, April 19, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai </p>

Cherry blossoms in full bloom are seen in an area devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, April 19, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Cherry blossoms in full bloom are seen in an area devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, April 19, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

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