Suddenly, Cherry Blossom Time!

We were expecting it to be early this year, but actually - very early.  Checking with the internet, this is the earliest for the cherry blossom since the turn of the century - tied with the year 2002.

Today, cherry blossom was fantastic. Spring Equinox day, so it is a holiday here in Japan.

Weather was mild and nice, so it was great to be outside (although terrible pollen in the air).

Below two photos are of Inokashira Park just 3 days ago - almost no sign of blossom

The white flowers in the back are Kobushi Magnolia, not cherry.

Yesterday, when I jogged, it was happening a bit - as shown below.

And today - just like magic!

Different kinds of cherry blossoms were pretty in Nishi-En (West Garden) of Inokashira Park.

I would say the amount of the blossom is still about 50%.  The peak should be over the weekend.  It will be wonderful.

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