Cherry Blossoms Reach Full Bloom in Tokyo


Tokyo, March 27 (Jiji Press)--A Somei-Yoshino cherry tree monitored in Tokyo came into full bloom on Wednesday, becoming the first such sample tree to do this in Japan this year, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The tree, located at Yasukuni Shrine in Chiyoda Ward of the Japanese capital, started flowering last Thursday, along with monitored Somei-Yoshino trees in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, and the southwestern city of Fukuoka.

This year, the monitored tree in Tokyo reached full bloom on the fifth-earliest date since statistics began in 1953, seven days earlier than usual and three days later than in the previous year.

The earliest date of the tree's full bloom was March 21, 2002.

The cherry tree at the shrine was "in half bloom two days ago," Rumi Sasaki, a 47-year-old nurse from Tokyo's Taito Ward, said. "I came here, expecting that it would be in full bloom today. It's so beautiful," she said with a smile.

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