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Cherry Blossom Report 2013
Official cherry blossom reports by japan-guide.com

2013 Cherry Blossom Forecast - Schedule of upcoming reports - Popular cherry blossom spots
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2013/03/26 - Okayama Report
by schauwecker

Korakuen Garden
March 26, 2013 - just opened (0-10%)

After a spontaneous visit to Okayama's Korakuen Garden today, I decided to post a quick, unscheduled report about the state of the city's cherry blossoms. The opening of the blossoms was announced here two days ago, on March 24, five days earlier than in the average year. Since then, temperatures have been below seasonal, providing the buds with little motivation to open up quickly.

The temperatures are expected to remain cool tomorrow and return to average values afterwards. I don't expect the trees to reach full bloom before next week, but think that they will provide some attractive hanami conditions on the upcoming weekend already, nevertheless, as many of the buds looked quite well developed.

About 300 cherry trees are scattered around the grounds of Korakuen, one of Japan's most celebrated landscape gardens. Many of them are concentrated in the cherry tree grove in the east of the garden and had less than one percent of the blossoms open. Even more trees are located along the Asahi River just east of the garden and around Okayama Castle to the south of it. Read more about Okayama's hanami spots.

The cherry tree grove at Korakuen...

... was still at an early state of the season today

One of the few blossoms that has opened up already

A small number of hanami picnics were underway

The weeping cherry tree next to the Eisho Bridge has also only just started to open up recently

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List of Posts:
2013/05/09 - Hakodate Report
2013/05/08 - Matsumae Report
2013/05/02 - Hirosaki Report
2013/05/01 - Kakunodate Report
2013/04/30 - Kitakami Report
2013/04/18 - Sendai Report
2013/04/17 - Takayama Report
2013/04/15 - Fukushima Report
2013/04/12 - Matsumoto Report
2013/04/11 - Kyoto Report
2013/04/10 - Mount Fuji Report
2013/04/10 - Hakone Report
2013/04/10 - Kanazawa Report
2013/04/09 - Yoshino Report
2013/04/08 - Kyoto Report
2013/04/08 - Tokyo Report
2013/04/05 - Mount Fuji Report
2013/04/04 - Kyoto Report
2013/04/04 - Gunma Report
2013/04/03 - Takamatsu Report
2013/04/02 - Osaka Report
2013/04/02 - Hiroshima Report
2013/04/01 - Tokyo Report
2013/04/01 - Kyoto Report
2013/03/29 - Tokyo Report
2013/03/28 - Gunma Report
2013/03/28 - Kyoto Report
2013/03/27 - Osaka Report
2013/03/27 - Fukuoka Report
2013/03/26 - Nagoya Report
2013/03/26 - Kamakura Report
2013/03/26 - Okayama Report
2013/03/25 - Tokyo Report
2013/03/24 - Kyoto Report
2013/03/23 - Kagoshima Report
2013/03/22 - Kumamoto Report
2013/03/21 - Tokyo Report
2013/03/21 - Fukuoka Report
2013/03/20 - Kyoto Report
2013/03/17 - Tokyo Report
2013/03/12 - Tokyo Report
2013/02/28 - Kawazu Report