Cherry Blossoms Start Blooming in Tokyo, Fukuoka, Yokohama
Tokyo, March 21 (Jiji Press)--The Japan Meteorological Agency declared on Thursday the start of cherry blossom blooming in Tokyo, the southwestern city of Fukuoka and Yokohama, south of the capital.
Checking a sample Somei-Yoshino cherry tree at Yasukuni Shrine in the capital's Chiyoda Ward past 10 a.m. (1 a.m. GMT), an agency official said blooming of more than five flowers was observed.
The Somei-Yoshino blooming season arrived in Tokyo five days earlier than usual and four days later than the previous year, the official told reporters.
In Fukuoka the same day, a local observatory said it saw blossoms blooming from its sample tree of the same cherry variety. The flowering came two days earlier than usual and two days later than last spring, it noted.
The Yokohama observatory also announced cherry blossom blooming, which happened five days earlier than usual and two days later than the previous year.
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