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One cherry blossom flower blooms at Ueno Park on March 15 2013.

Today is March 15 2013. I found one cherry blossom flower at Ueno Park in Tokyo. This flower is blooming silently on high branch, so, almost people did not notice it.

*EDIT on March 16 2013, Japan Meteorological Agency “JMA” declared cherry blossom bloom in Tokyo on March 16 2013. It is the fastest declaration on record.

One flower of cherry blossoms bloom at Ueno Park in Tokyo.

One flower of cherry blossoms bloom at Ueno Park in Tokyo.

However, there was no declaration of flowering cherry blossom in Tokyo today. Because flowers did not bloom in the sample tree. Japan Meteorological Agency has set up sample of cherry trees. When the flowers bloom on the sample tree, the Japan Meteorological Agency declare a flowering cherry.

If it will keep warm days, maybe JMA may declare a flowering cherry tomorrow or the day after tomorrow.

Normally we mean the cherry blossoms to one breed called “Someiyoshino”. By the way, a different breed “Okanzakura” are in full bloom at the entrance of Ueno Park today. “Okanzakura” are not “Someiyoshino”.

Okanzakura at Ueno Park

Okanzakura at Ueno Park

People take pictures for souvenirs with Okanzakura in full bloom.

People take pictures for souvenirs with Okanzakura in full bloom.

Japanese lanterns are set for cherry blossoms festival.

Japanese lanterns are set for cherry blossoms festival.

Someiyoshino trees planted along street in the park are not bloom yet.

Someiyoshino trees planted along a street in the park are not bloom yet.

Report: Tokyo Marathon was held on Feb. 24, 2013.

Tokyo Marathon 2013 was held today. Today was very sunny day and sometimes cold north wind blew. 36000 people of citizen runners and famous guest runners ran in central Tokyo.

Citizen runners were chosen before by lucky draw. 10000 people participated as volunteers. 1300 thousands people cheered at roadside. Major roads were closed to vehicular traffic as marathon course.

Runners start from Tokyo Metropolitan Government at Shinjuku on 9 o’clock, ran toward Tokyo Big Sight where the Goal is, via the Imperial Palace, Shinagawa, GInza, Asakusa, Ryogoku and Toyosu.

Tokyo Marathon 2013. Shiba Park near Tokyo Tower and Zojoji Temple, at 11:30.

Shiba Park near Tokyo Tower and Zojoji Temple, at 11:30.

Tokyo Marathon 2013. Runners ran toward Ginza on Hibiya St.

Runners ran toward Ginza on Hibiya St.

Tokyo Marathon 2013. Ginza 4 chome crossing at 11:55.

Ginza 4 chome crossing at 11:55.

Tokyo Marathon 2013. Many people cheered along marathon course.

Many people cheered along marathon course.

Tokyo Marathon 2013. Asakusa, at 12:50. Runners turned to the right in front of Kaminarimon Gate.Asakusa, at 12:50. Runners turned to the right in front of Kaminarimon Gate.

Tokyo Marathon 2013. Tokyo Sky Tree was visible when runners turned to the right.Tokyo Sky Tree was visible when runners turned to the right.

Tokyo Marathon 2013. course map

St. Valentine’s Day Sales is at its peak on this weekends

St. Valentine’s Day on February 14 is just around the corner, and the busy season for chocolate sellers is at its peak on this weekend. Only women have a habit to give their lovers chocolate with love on Valentine’s Day. If a woman is in one side love with a man, she may tell him how her feels by give chocolate. Because St.Valentine’s Day is such a day in Japan.

Also many women give co-workers and their boss chocolates as obligatory chocolates. Most recently women who buy expensive chocolate for own or give chocolates to their friends are increasing.

If you are a man and are given chocolate from a woman on St. Valentine’s Day, you must give a present to her on March 14. We call it ”White Day”.

A special selling floor of chocolates for St. Valentine' Day

A department store Daimaru Tokyo at Tokyo station

Many chocolates are sold.

Many people buy chocolates. Billancourt

Report: Tokyo Soramachi is a shopping mall beneath Tokyo Sky Tree.

It was a beautiful sunny and a little warm sunday today. Tokyo Sky Tree and Tokyo Solamachi were very crowded. People needed numbered tickets to enter the viewing decks of Tokyo Sky Tree. At 3:00 pm, staffs were handing out numbered tickets for 6:00 pm.

Tokyo Sky TreeTembo deck means a viewing deck.

“Tembo deck” means the viewing deck.

Numbered tickets distribution place. Viewing deck was very crowded.

Numbered tickets distribution place. Viewing deck was very crowded.

Another viewing decks on 30th and 31st floors at Tokyo Soramachi.

There are another viewing decks on 30th floor and 31st floor at Soramachi Dining Sky Tree View. You can see Tokyo city and Tokyo Sky Tree from 150meters in height. Soramachi Dining Sky Tree View is at East Yard. You can go there by direct elevators from the first floor only.

Tokyo city and long shadow of Tokyo Sky Tree

“Soramachi Shouten-gai”

“Soramachi Shoutengai” is a shopping district at East Yard. It was very crowded today.

Soramachi Shoutengai

Night view of Tokyo

Ginza

Ginza was clouded. Almost stores were closed at 1 January called “Ganjitsu”. Many stores were open from January 2 or January 3 with their sale.

Ginza

Keyaki-zaka street at Roppongi hills

Roppongi hills

This is Keyaki-zaka street in Roppongi Hills. Zelkova trees on the side of the road are illuminated by LED lights from the Christmas season to mid-February. You can see Tokyo Tower in the distance.

Rainbow Bridge

Rainbow Bridge

Rainbow Bridge is a large bridge that connects the city center and the waterfront area in Tokyo’s Odaiba. You can across by a railway line “Yurikamome” from Shimbashi Station. And a public road and an express way on the bridge, the express way is on upper side, and the public road is under the express way. You can also walk across.

Tokyo Tower

Rainbow Bridge is illuminated during the year change period specially as rainbow colors like this photo.

Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower is a broadcasting tower in the heart of Tokyo. Its height is 333 meters. At the beginning of the year, the number is displayed as a celebration every year.

Nearest stations of Tokyo Tower

  • Akabanebashi Sta. (Oedo Line) 5 min.
  • Onarimon Sta. (Mita Line) 6 min.
  • Kamiyacho Sta. (Hibiya Line) 7 min.
  • Daimon Sta. (Asakusa Line) 10 min.
  • Hamamatsu-cho Sta. (JR Line) 15 min.

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