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Monday, 3rd February 2014
In General Japan News,

Cherry blossom update

Those travelling to Japan this year to follow the spectacle of the cherry blossoms will be happy to learn that the blooms are so far on schedule.

Indeed, slightly higher temperatures than usual mean that the beautiful pink flowers will likely start appearing earlier than usual, with expectations for the first someiyoshino buds at around March 18th in Miyazaki and Kochi.

Tokyo will experience the phenomenon on around March 24th and Osaka on the 25th, according to Weather Map Company, which released its update on Friday (January 31st).

The blossoming spectacle occurs every spring across Japan, and is something that many people travel to the country to see.

Those wishing to celebrate like a local should prepare a picnic and engage in hanami, or 'flower viewing', at a nearby park or temple grounds.

Be aware that it may be necessary to reserve a spot in some of the more popular locations, such as Tokyo's Ueno Park or Kyoto's Imperial Palace.

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