This winter might feel like the coldest one yet, but cheer up because it doesn’t look like it’ll drag on for much longer. The Japan Meteorological Corporation has just updated the cherry blossom forecast for 2021, which suggests spring will arrive sooner than usual for Tokyo. It predicts that sakura could appear as early as March 20 in Tokyo, six days ahead of the usual schedule, and reach peak bloom by March 29.
Hiroshima is due to see its pink petals almost a week early, with its forecasted flowering date set just one day after Tokyo's. Kyoto’s flowers are predicted to bloom on March 23 (five days earlier than usual) while Osaka can expect to see its cherry blossoms from March 25. The pink flowers will reach Sapporo last, with blooms expected to appear from May 4.
As always, the timing of the blossoms are at the mercy of whatever unpredictable weather conditions lie ahead. An updated forecast will be released in late January, so we’ll keep you informed of any changes.
Last year’s hanami parties were dampened by the need for social distancing and other safety protocols due to Covid-19. So here’s hoping that Japan (and the world) will recover fast enough in time to appreciate this springtime phenomenon.
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