Pink Paradise: Japan Looks Surreal As Cherry Blossoms Begin To Bloom For The Season
Cherry blossoms in Tokyo have begun blooming, the Meteorological Agency announced Tuesday in an early record start seen only twice before as revellers are set to flock to parks and other sites for viewing parties that had largely been curtailed by COVID-19.
Cherry blossom season is almost here! One of the most iconic spots to admire the stunning sakura is the Kintaikyo Bridge in Yamaguchi Prefecture #Japan #travel
📌 Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture
📸 Photo by Visit Japan International pic.twitter.com/vGsGqUB0HB
— Japan Australia (@Japan_Australia) March 14, 2023
Blooming season came early
Typically, cherry blossoms in Japan reach their peak season between the end of March and the beginning of April. However, this year, the iconic blossoms appeared ten days earlier than usual since 1953, when data began being collected.
Experts say the early start of cherry blossoms, or sakura is the result of unusually warm weather, which is being fuelled by climate change. Temperatures have been rising since the beginning of March, leading to quicker bud growth. The blossoms are expected to be in full-bloom within the next week, the weather agency said.
According to the weather agency, more than five blossoms were seen from Somei-Yoshino cherry blossom trees at Yasukuni Shrine in the capital.
”Today, on March 14, we hereby declare the sakura blossoming in Tokyo. We’ve seen many warm days in March, climate change may also have played a part,” an official from the Japan Meteorological Agency said in an announcement.
Cherry blossoms galore on Twitter
Meanwhile, social media users shared beautiful pictures and videos of the cherry blossom season.
Cherry Blossom Blossom Declaration in Tokyo today! pic.twitter.com/6H76DRl1N2
— Takuya (@TakuyaAkahoshi) March 14, 2023
Cherry blossoms, sunny days, and a picnic mat. Hanami (花見) season has arrived in Japan! 🏯
A tradition dating back to the Nara period (710~794)
A time for people to sit back, relax, and enjoy some pink petals with your favorite drink🌸🌞🍹 #Hanami #CherryBlossoms #Sakura pic.twitter.com/go0I1WH8aF
— ANGO (@Angojp) March 14, 2023
Cherry blossom 2023 in Tenri city, Nara prefecture#CherryBlossom #Japan #NaturePhotography pic.twitter.com/hWxbSoXIwI
— Tanuki.no.mori (@Tanukinomori_JP) March 14, 2023
👣🌸THE SAKURA COMETH🌸🤳
And we have lift off🚀
Tōkyō has officially entered cherry blossom season, with the flowering of the benchmark tree in the grounds of Yasukuni-jinja.
Tied with 2020 & 2021, it is the earliest start to sakura season on record😓#sakura #cherryblossoms pic.twitter.com/5rCn7B2lYo
— Camellia Tea Ceremony (@camelliakyoto) March 14, 2023
Night Cherry Blossom at Shinsho Temple, Hachioji, Tokyo Japan 🇯🇵 Early Spring. pic.twitter.com/cRNL84oJBP
— Jim ☺️🇮🇳 (@jishnu0605) March 10, 2023
The news comes amid an easing of the government’s masking guidelines, making it easier for crowds to flock to cherry blossom viewing parties for the first time since large gatherings were frowned upon — and sometimes blocked by local authorities — amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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