Thursday, February 08, 2007

Cherry blossoms in Tokyo already

(Via PlasticBamboo): "Cherry blossom season looks like it’s going to hit Tokyo a month earlier than usual, as the Sakura in Ueno Park have begun to blossom already. This is apparently down to the unusually warm winter in Tokyo this year; the city is experiencing temperatures 2-4 degrees warmer than the norm for this time of year."

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19 Comments:

At Feb 8, 2007, 1:20:00 AM, Anonymous Kamisori said...

WoW! A Month Early!
I remember last year in March when I wrote my piece about the Cherry Blossoms... I guess the time line I wrote then is now invalid...
Still pretty...
Hopefully when it hits Suzuka, I'll have people sending me pictures for you guys...

 
At Feb 8, 2007, 2:31:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Global warming is scary~ D:'
Lucy

 
At Feb 8, 2007, 7:45:00 AM, Blogger Pocky said...

*nods with Lucy*

 
At Feb 8, 2007, 10:14:00 AM, Anonymous Rose said...

I blame all the drastic changes in weather on globe warming. Where I live the winter has been colder then the normal which is usually dry and on ocassion warm.

I noticed last year that some of the plants that were suppose to be in bloom later in the year were blooming earlier then usual.

 
At Feb 8, 2007, 11:11:00 AM, Anonymous Kamisori said...

Last years take on the Cherry Blossoms... among other things...

http://ani-pock.blogspot.com/2006/03/su-update-japan-in-photos-tokyo-anime.html

 
At Feb 8, 2007, 11:27:00 AM, Blogger Kip said...

The Washington DC cherry blossoms bloomed last week too. My home in Traverse City, Michigan is known for it's cherry trees, it's the cherry capital of the world.
The many of the trees were donated by the Japanese prime minister, before WWII, who loved the area very much. He said, as long as he was ruler of Japan, such a pretty country as America and Japan would not war. He died a year or so after his visit and WWII brokeout.

Anyway. No blossoms yet. I'll keep you posted.

 
At Feb 8, 2007, 12:31:00 PM, Anonymous Kamisori said...

Traverse City only CLAIMS to be the "Cherry capital of the World"...

Week long Cherry Festival does sound rather interesting... And they USED to have the World's Biggest Pie... untill they were beaten out by the Canadians...

360,000,000lbs of Cherries a year is rather impressive... Mostly Montmorency, Ulster, and Balaton... but to compare that to the 305 species of Sakura (mostly non-fruit bearing) in Japan would just be unfair.

 
At Feb 8, 2007, 12:58:00 PM, Blogger Kip said...

Why you gotta do that, Kami? Why you gotta do?

:P

PS: I drive by the worlds largest pie tin every week. I have to believe we hold the record.

Well, at least you can eat ours.

 
At Feb 8, 2007, 2:24:00 PM, Blogger Pocky said...

lol *watches*

 
At Feb 8, 2007, 2:31:00 PM, Anonymous Kamisori said...

Traverse City's Largest Pie Record
17' 6", weighing in at 28,350lbs
In July 25, 1987.

Oliver, British Columbia (Wine Capital of Canada)' Largest Pie Record
20' , weighing in at 37,740lbs
In July 14, 1990.
1500+ people to eat the pie...

Watching the Food Channel... I've seen at least 3 Cities in the States that claim they are the BBQ Capital of the World... Claims and facts are quite different...

Either way... Has no REAL bearing on the subject at hand.

 
At Feb 8, 2007, 3:36:00 PM, Blogger Kip said...

Your momma claims to be the best. But she wasn't that good last night.

Anyway, I'm going to go look at my pie.

 
At Feb 8, 2007, 4:52:00 PM, Anonymous Kamisori said...

Now Now Kip...
If that was meant as an insult, wasn't that a little childish?
To resort to such tactics shows your lack of ability to back up your own claims... and lowers yourself as a reputable source.

Although... If this is to be taken as a Fictional "factual" example...
Well done...

Can you please ask my mom to send me some winter clothes?

Considering I spent more time with my uncle in Japan then anyone else in family... There is as much chance my mother will send me some winter clothes as there is that Kip has talked to her.

 
At Feb 8, 2007, 7:56:00 PM, Blogger Kip said...

I went and checked the pie tin at Sara Lee. At least we beat Chrlevoix, about an hour away. They held the previous record for a cherry pie. Ha!

This is really the best quote I can find to the Grand Traverse region being a large cherry grower.
"The United States is the largest producer of cherries in the world with Michigan growing the most amounts of tart cherries."
http://www.cooksfreshmarket.com/articles/cherries.htm

 
At Feb 8, 2007, 8:21:00 PM, Anonymous Kamisori said...

Oh ya... I knew that about the other city... There is still some friction going on about that...
http://www.roadsideamerica.com/tips/getAttraction.php3?tip_AttractionNo==701

I'm sorry if I offended you...
This much like many other things I've read on this site is the first time I ever heard of such things...

For example, I never heard the term "emo" except from here... no one had a clear explaination for me so I went to look it up myself... many different refferences... look for the commonalities and I got myself a definition.

Like I mentioned... I've heard many States claimed to be the "BBQ Capital"... How can such a thing be? When I think of Korean food... I think Korean BBQ... When I think of American Food... I think Pizza.
Why? Because the type of pizza that is so popular now, made it's start in America... New York if I'm not mistaken.

The only reason I brought that up is because I thought it was unfair to compare... Many Sakura have been grafted to NOT bear fruit.
It's the simplistic beauty that draws people together to view, laugh and sing... I mentioned last year that people would often follow the Sakura all the way threw one end of Japan to the other... and back again with the Maple season.

Now would I compare the Maple side of that story with parts of Canada and Vermont? "X" produces "Y" amount of Maple Syrup a year...
No... because again... it would be unfair... that's not what they are there for...

Again... I apologize if I offended you.

 
At Feb 8, 2007, 8:24:00 PM, Blogger Kip said...

I battle with the people I really like.
My best friend and me debate nonstop.
Doesn't work for girlfriends though. I dump them the first hint that they want to battle me.

Well you put up a good fight.
*Extends hand in truce*

 
At Feb 8, 2007, 11:53:00 PM, Anonymous Angel said...

I want to walk through a Japanese park one day and look at the cherry blossoms.

I cried so hard watching the movie "The Last Samurai" whenever Katsumoto (p.s. Ken Watanabe is such a hottie) talked about how you could search your entire life searching for the perfect bloom and it would not be a waisted life. I just think their the most beautiful trees I've ever seen. I really want to see them in Japan someday.

*wonders off to watch The Last Samurai again...*

 
At Feb 9, 2007, 5:14:00 AM, Blogger Rin said...

Well, this was all quite amusing to read. *nods approvingly* Kip and Kami should debate more. Moreover as to Global Warming...this is an over-abused term. It has been stated that this year there is an El Nino effect. "El Niño is a disruption of the ocean-atmosphere system in the Tropical Pacific having important consequences for weather and climate around the globe."(-from the official NOAA website.)

True, humans have expedited changes to our global climate over the years, but it's not just because of global warming. Throughout the history of the earth, it has gone through many warming stages and don't forget the ice ages! It's a natural process of the earth to go through these cycles, but again there are more factors to look at, such as the earth's magnetic fields, the position of the earth on its axis, which right now is actually wobbling in its centrifugal orbit.

All these factors affect our climate, but please don't be ignorant and get wrapped up into this whole Global Warming affair. Granted, it brings well deserved notice of how we're effecting the earth, and is a political gain for the Greens (environmental focused politicians) it still does not justly describe what's going on.

El Nino is an naturally occuring phenomenon which may sometimes be shadowed by La Nina (which has a more overall cooling effect), but if you've wondered why this year has been so weird, this is stately why. Hmm...as an afterthought also pay attention to the position of the Jet Stream.

Now that I have successfully digressed on Sakura Trees (<3) It would be nice to see them whether they be in Japan, or Traverse City Michigan. The appreciation of these trees is so much more then breaking world records and what not. It's more like Angel's quote that she posted, which on that note I shall go and ponder on such a profound statement. Indeed.

Yours Truly. *winks*

 
At Mar 8, 2007, 4:28:00 AM, Anonymous Kamisori said...

Cherry trees are expected to bloom in Shizuoka as early as March 13, and in Takamatsu and Matsuyama four days later, the earliest dates on record, the Meteorological Agency has said.

Agency officials expect the cherry trees to come into blossom in central Tokyo on March 18, 10 days earlier than normal and cherry trees are expected to blossom in Nagoya and Fukuoka on March 20, and in Osaka on March 25, five to eight days earlier than average.

However, officials added that the expected blossoming dates could be delayed if temperatures are lower than forecasted. The temperature is set to drop across Japan next week, with rain and even snow expected in some areas.

 
At Mar 13, 2007, 9:21:00 AM, Anonymous kamisori said...

http://mdn.mainichi-msn.co.jp/national
/news/20070313p2a00m0na031000c.html

 

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