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.

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