Tokyo's First Cherry Blossoms Reported This Season


Tokyo, March 21 (Jiji Press)—Cherry blossoms started coming out in Tokyo on Tuesday, five days earlier than average but unchanged from the previous year, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The somei yoshino tree monitored by the Japan Meteorological Agency in Yasukuni Shrine, Tokyo, indicates this year's cherry blossom season has begun on March 21, 2017. (© Jiji)

Tokyo saw the nation's first somei-yoshino cherry blossoms for the first time in nine years.

The agency said it confirmed five cherry blossoms on the tree it monitors in Yasukuni Shrine in Chiyoda, Tokyo, shortly past 10 a.m.

On Monday, temperatures rose to 18.7°C in the Japanese capital after a string of warm days with the highest daily temperatures of over 15°C.

Cherry trees are expected to be in full bloom in a week to 10 days in Tokyo.

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