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Plum trees bloom early at ancient shrine in Tokyo

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Plum trees burst into blossom in Tokyo as warm air flows into the region from the south.

The bloom began as early as 30 January as the temperature began to rise in the Kanto Region in the West of Japan’s main island Honshu.

The Yushima Tenman-gū Shrine, built in 458, is located not far from the University of Tokyo and is devoted to Tenjin, the god of learning.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, in the first half of February average day temperatures will rise to 18 °C (64°F) compared to average temperatures for this period  9.4°C (49°F).

The sakura (cherry) bloom is more spectacular and more famous both in Japan and abroad as one of the symbols of the country. In Okinawa, it begins at the very end of January, the same time as the plum bloom does. But in Tokyo sakura trees normally blossom at the very end of March.

The Japanese have a traditional custom of enjoying the transient beauty of blooming flowers called “hanami”. It is almost always referred the sakura, less frequently, plum trees.

Source by: Internet

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