Cherry trees in Tokyo and other cities in Japan are in full blossom — a sign that spring has arrived.
In a spring ritual, the Meteorological Agency on Thursday made the announcement for Tokyo, Nagoya and other cites, based on its observation of flowers on local sample trees.
Temperatures in most of the cities on Thursday rose above 20 degrees Celsius — warm enough for cherry trees to fully bloom.
Cherry trees elsewhere in eastern and western Japan have started flowering, and are expected to come into full bloom in a week or two. Northern Japan can expect the start of cherry blossom season in April.
Source and image: NHK