Every spring millions of Japanese suffer from hay fever, or more specifically cedar pollen allergies. It's been reported that upward of 40% of people under 15 years old suffer the itchy eyes and runny nose symptoms associated with it, which can make life a misery. UNBELIEVABLE!! Somebody chop them down please! Apparently some states in the USA have made it a federal crime to plant Cedar trees because of the huge impact they have on health. The trees pictured are meant to be green. All of the yellow pollen you can see is like poison to me and many others. That's the real reason why so many people in Japan are wearing masks right now. Bring on Summer!