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Cherry blossoms have started to bloom in Tokyo: JMA

Somei Yoshino cherry blossoms are seen on a sample tree at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward on the morning of March 21, 2019. (Mainichi/Kimi Takeuchi)

TOKYO -- The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) announced on March 21 that Somei Yoshino cherry blossoms have started to come out in central Tokyo.

The announcement, which came four days later than last year, is five days earlier than the average timing.

Shortly after 10 a.m. on March 21, a JMA worker visited Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward and confirmed that at least five blossoms had come out on a sample tree at the shrine -- the standard for determining the start of the cherry blossom season.

Reporters and dozens of visitors were seen crowded around the tree as the announcement was made.


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