Japan’s cherry blossom season may arrive early this year

Tokyo and many parts of the country should prepare for an early arrival of the cherry blossom season, according to a forecast by Japan Meteorological Corp (JMC).

The Osaka-based weather forecasting company says the flowers may start blooming in the Japanese capital, as well as Kochi and Kagoshima prefectures, on March 20, up to six days earlier than usual.

The flowering date in an average year is March 26, according to the company’s website.

This year, the nation’s iconic sakura flowers is expected to reach full bloom on March 28.

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The flowers only bloom for around a week before they fall off the trees, creating the so-called “sakura snow” effect .

The forecast by JMC covers about 1,000 locations across the country ranging from Kyushu in the south to Hokkaido in the north, reported Japan Times.