Cherry blossoms start blooming in Tokyo

Cherry blossoms started blooming in Tokyo on Friday, five days later than they usually do.

The Meteorological Agency announced the start of the cherry blossom season, after it spotted eleven blossoms on a benchmark cherry tree at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo.

The annual announcement is made when weather officials see more than five blossoms on that particular tree, which is of the somei-yoshino variety. Four blossoms were spotted the previous day.

The cherry blossom season started 15 days later than it did last year. The announcement in 2023 was the earliest one ever made.

An official said the blossoms began to bloom later than they usually do, owing to the low temperatures we have been seeing since late February.

Cherry trees are expected to be in full bloom in about a week or 10 days.