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Sakura Season Still Not Declared – Official Sakura Tree Status

Posted in Nature, Places by tokyobling on March 23, 2014

Headline says it all: I took this close up of the buds at the official sakura (cherry) tree at Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine a few hours ago. When this tree blooms, the sakura season is officially opened. While I was there earlier today I met a few television crews hoping to catch the first blooms. It looks like they will have to wait a little longer. What say you, gardening experts? The weather forecast right now says it will be partially cloudy with temperatures between 6 (in the morning) and 21 (at noon) until Friday this week. In other words, more or less perfect sakura weather! Moderate to strong winds (not so good) but no rain and a humidity of 20 to 40%.



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  1. zoomingjapan said, on March 23, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    This year about 1 week later than last year apparently. Plum blossoms are still around. Only buds here in Kansai as well.


    • tokyobling said, on March 26, 2014 at 1:00 am

      Yes, last year was early. I wonder what the situation is today? I have been to busy at work to go there every day and check for myself…!


      • zoomingjapan said, on March 26, 2014 at 1:32 am

        I don’t know. It’s dark and rainy today and I have yet to see on my way to work later. I doubt they’re out yet.


        • tokyobling said, on March 26, 2014 at 2:06 am

          Good! Maybe I will pop by the shrine tomorrow morning and have a look! (^-^)


  2. C said, on March 24, 2014 at 2:06 am

    Hmm, I have a pit stop in Portland and the riverfront is full of cherry blossoms! Someone even went into a tree to shake down a bunch for friends lying below — what a photo op!

    Tokyo is the same latitude as Seattle, right? Too bad I won’t be able to see those epic blossoms-framing-Mt-Rainier with all the rain forecast later this week, but it appears they peaked this weekend too. So any minute now in Tokyo, right?


    • tokyobling said, on March 26, 2014 at 1:03 am

      A rain of cherry blossom petals! If the wind picks up when they are in full bloom… As the petals drop the rivers of Tokyo will turn pink with a thick mat of petals… (^-^)


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