How to predict blooming: for cherry blossom viewing!

How to predict blooming: for cherry blossom viewing!
The cold winter is coming to an end, and the warm spring will arrive soon. There must be people who started planning for cherry blossom viewing. It is very useful that recently you can search famous spots for cherry blossoms, to begin with, on internet or by some other ways, and you can check the status of blooming of cherry blossoms in some extent.

For this time, I would like to introduce you to some trivia of cherry blossoms. Knowing such trivia, I suppose you can spend more fruitful time in cherry blossom viewing than viewing them aimlessly.

1. You can calculate the timing of blooming

Although rough timings for blooming are often announced by region over TV or Internet, because the timings of blooming change, earlier or later, due to weather conditions, the timing of blooming is not always matching to that of announced. Though having said that, you still like to see the flowers on the timing of blooming. For that reason, I would like to recommend the calculation method of "a cherry blossom blooms on the day that excesses over 600 degrees Celsius of accumulated numbers of the highest temperature after February". It is said that the day that excesses 600 degrees Celsius by adding (the highest temperature of Feb/1) + (the highest temperature of Feb/2) + (the highest temperature of Feb/3) +... is about the timing of blooming. It takes about one week from blooming till in full bloom. Knowing this calculation method, you can calculate the status of cherry blossoms of each region by yourself.

2. Cherry blossoms are of two kinds

As there are natural fish and farmed fish, there also are cherry blossoms of native species that self-grows in nature and of cultivated species that created by improvement. The most seen in Japan is the cultivated species, called as Somei Yoshino Cherry (Somei Yoshino). But, when you go to old-standing parks, the ruins of castles, and areas of mountains, you can find various kinds of native cherry blossoms. Cherry blossoms of native species have a long history, and it is said that the oldest cherry blossom tree in Japan exceeds 2000 year-old. And, the three cherry blossom trees that are took up from especially the oldest tree in age are called as "three major cherry blossom trees".

[Three major cherry blossom trees]
1. Yamataka Jindai Cherry (Mukawa town Yamataka, Hokuto city, Yamanashi prefecture) It is said that the age of tree is 1800 year-old or 2000 year-old.
2. Neodani Usuzumi Cherry (Neoitasho, Motosu, Gifu Prefecture) The age of tree is more than 1500 year-old.
3. Miharu Taki Cherry (Miharu town, Tamura District, Fukushima Prefecture) The age of tree is more than 1000 year-old.

It is said that cherry blossoms have many languages of flower as purity, spiritual beauty, etc. At the beginning of new season, with pure feeling let's view the beautiful cherry blossom flowers.

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