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Cherry trees blooming out of season in east Japan may be due to temperature difference

Kawazu cherry blossoms are seen blooming in the city of Narita, Chiba Prefecture, on Oct. 3, 2021. (Mainichi/Tadakazu Nakamura)

NARITA, Chiba -- Cherry blossoms were recently seen blooming out of season at the tourist facility Narita Dream Farm in this city east of Tokyo.

    Buds on two to three Somei Yoshino and seven to eight Kawazu cherry trees were swelling last week, and bloomed after withstanding strong winds brought by Typhoon Mindulle that approached the area on Oct. 1.

    Narita Dream Farm explained, "For the past few days, due to the huge temperature difference between night and day, we think the cherry blossoms mistook it for the arrival of spring after going dormant."

    (Japanese original by Tadakazu Nakamura, Narita Bureau)

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