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Tokyo May See Japan’s Earliest Sakura Blooms of the Year

TOKYO, Feb 21 (The Japan News) - Weather companies have started releasing their bloom forecasts for the “cherry blossom front,” which is expected to begin next month.

Weathernews Inc.’s forecast, released Thursday, predicts cherry trees will bloom in Tokyo on March 20 — the earliest expected date in Japan, along with Fukuoka Prefecture.

Weathermap Co.’s forecast, meanwhile, suggests March 17, again along with Fukuoka.

For its part, the Japan Weather Association plumps for March 22 — later than areas in Kyushu and Shikoku, but still the earliest expected date in Honshu, along with Hiroshima and other cities.

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