Cherry blossoms mark start of spring

Q.  What marks the start of spring in Tokyo, Japan?
- Published on 05 Apr 17

a. Flowering of sakura blossoms
b. Cherry blossoms blooming
c. Both a and b are the same
d. Production of cotton crop

ANSWER: Both a and b are the same
Cherry blossoms mark start of springJapan had announced the season would start on March 21 with the flowering of sakura blossoms at the Yasukuni Shrine, but other places in Tokyo were denied the sight, because of a cold weather snap.

The April 4 jump in temperature of 17 degrees C (63 degrees F), changed that, however, drawing out throngs of people for the "hamami” tradition of the viewing and appreciation of the famed pink flowers.

Japan makes its cherry blossom predictions scrupulously, with one weather broadcaster collecting observations from 10,000 trees nationwide.

That is especially important for foreign tourists, who plan holidays to catch a glimpse.

Japan's Tourism Ministry says the number of foreign tourists peaked in April last year, thanks to the popularity of the sakura flowers.

Beneath the flowering sakura trees, Tokyo residents laid out picnics.

Sakura: Know More
  • A cherry blossom is the flower of any of several trees of genus Prunus, particularly the Japanese cherry, Prunus serrulata.
  • This is called sakura after the Japanese (桜 or 櫻; さくら).
  • Currently it is widely distributed, especially in the temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere including Japan, China, Korea, Europe, West Siberia, India, Canada, and the United States.
  • Along with the chrysanthemum, the cherry blossom is considered the national flower of Japan.

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