Spring Comes with Cherry Blossoms in Japan 3/3 (CORRECTED)

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Mar 29, 2015 02:32
Continued from 2/3
The Japan Meteorological Agency’s official announcement that the cherry blossom starting to bloom is based on somewhat low-tech procedure, something unusual in this high-tech country. They have a designated sample cherry tree in each area. The Agency’s staff visit the tree every day to check if any flowers are in bloom. If they find more than say five buds open, that it is the day they’ll make an announcement.

Needless to say, cherry trees don’t bloom just because the Agency has made an official announcement. They bloom whenever they want. They do so even if there will be no one to see them. Rows of cherry trees bloom quietly in a deserted town in the exclusion zone near the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant. It’s painful to watch―even cruel.

The cherry-blossom front travels through the Japanese archipelago from the southwest towards the north. Spring comes late in the northern regions. People up north see the cherry flowers in bloom when people in the western part have all finished viewing them.

After the cherry blossoms are all gone, the Japanese archipelago will have a fresh green season. April and May before early summer are great months in terms of weather. It’s not too cold, not too hot, and not humid. They are my favorite months as well.

Has the spring come to your town yet? Are there any flowers that signal the arrival of spring where you live?

After reading my lengthy journal (thank you very much), if you now feel like, "Gee I'd like to see cherry blossoms in Japan some day," then I would give my journal a passing grade of B+.

Thank you very much for reading!

(This entry has already been corrected and revised.)

春の到来を告げる桜 ー その3