Cherry Blossoms Reach Full Bloom in Western Japan's Kōchi


Tokyo, March 19 (Jiji Press)—A somei-yoshino cherry tree monitored in the western Japan city of Kōchi came into full bloom on Monday, the Japan Metrological Agency said.

The tree, located at the premises of Kōchi Castle, started flowering on Thursday, the earliest among all cherry trees being observed in Japan this spring. It is also the earliest full bloom for any somei-yoshino tree under monitoring in the country since the launch of the survey in 1953.

The agency declares a monitored cherry tree in full bloom when about 80% or more of its buds are open.

The March 19 full bloom for the tree in Kōchi was 11 days earlier than in the average year and 18 days earlier than last year.

The previous earliest full bloom date among areas where the monitoring continues was March 21, in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward in 2002 and in Kōchi in 2010.

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