Voici le calendrier 2009 pour avoir les dates de floraison des cerisiers (Hanami 花見)
Because temperatures in February and March were above average in most parts of Japan, the cherry blossoms are opening several days ahead of their average schedule this year. The season started particularly early on Kyushu, where Fukuoka saw cherry trees open their blossoms on March 13, almost two weeks earlier than average. With the mercury rising over 20 degrees over large parts of Japan on March 19 again, blossoms opened in Kagoshima, Nagoya and Kyoto. Tokyo followed on March 21.
Below are the forecast dates of cherry trees opening their blossoms this year (according to the Japan Meteorological Agency) and the estimated best viewing periods (estimated by japan-guide.com).
Temperatures, rain and wind can have a strong effect on the process of the season, for example, they can delay or shorten it considerably. Therefore, use the forecasts on your own risk.
Location Opening Estimated Best Viewing Tokyo Opened March 21 March 25 to April 4 Kyoto Opened March 19 March 25 to April 4 Niigata April 5 April 10 to 18 Nagano April 6 April 11 to 19 Kanazawa March 29 April 3 to 11 Nagoya Opened March 19 March 25 to April 4 Osaka March 25 March 30 to April 10 Nara March 24 March 29 to April 8 Hiroshima March 22 March 28 to April 7 Fukuoka Opened March 13 March 20 to 31 Kagoshima Opened March 19 March 25 to April 4
As of March 21, 2009 The cherry blossom (sakura) is Japan's unofficial national flower. It has been celebrated for many centuries and holds a very prominent position in Japanese culture.
There are many dozens of different cherry tree varieties in Japan, most of which bloom for just a couple of days in spring. The Japanese celebrate that time of the year with hanami (cherry blossom viewing) parties under the blooming trees.
Guide to Cherry Blossom Viewing:
- How to do cherry blossom viewing?
- When do the cherry blossoms bloom?
- Popular cherry blossom spots
- Cherry tree varieties
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