Cherry Trees Unseasonably in Bloom in Japan

Society

Tokyo, Oct. 18 (Jiji Press)--Cherry blossoms, a symbol of spring, are being observed in many parts of Japan now, in the middle of autumn, apparently due to the fallout of record-breaking heat in summer and recent strong typhoons.

According to Weathernews Inc. <4825>, Somei-Yoshino cherry trees came into bloom recently in 39 prefectures, including the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido, Tokyo and Kagoshima, southwestern Japan.

As the scale of the unseasonable cherry blossoms is very limited, the ongoing phenomenon will probably have no impact on the trees' blooming in spring next year, an official of the weather news service company said, to the relief of people who look forward to the 2019 cherry blossom-viewing season.

Information on cherry trees in bloom started to reach Weathernews around Oct. 9.

In a three-day survey conducted until Sunday, the company received a total of 354 cherry blossom reports from 39 prefectures, mainly from the Kanto eastern region, the Tokai central region and the Kinki western region. Inland prefectures, such as Gunma and Nagano, are also seeing out-of-season cherry blossoms.

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