East is blossoming
Published 17/03/2014 | 02:30
THE Cherry Blossom Forecast would make a fabulous title for a book, yet, in reality, it isn't a work of fiction but an eagerly awaited guide to when the cherry trees of Japan will be in full bloom. Tourists trek in their thousands to Japan for this magical time, when the country's cities and provinces are awash with pink petals.
The most important factor in determining the blooming time of cherry trees is the geographical location. Generally, the milder the climate, the earlier the blossoms open.
On Japan's southern, subtropical islands of Okinawa, cherry blossoms open as early as January, while on the northern island of Hokkaido, they bloom as late as May. But in the major cities in between, including Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, the cherry blossom season typically takes place in late March or early April.
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