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.
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”.