Cherry trees bloom earlier and earlier in Japan due to climate change

Tokyo — The blossoming of cherry trees (sakura), a symbol of the arrival of spring in Japan, attracts millions of visitors to the Asian country every year, however, Climate change is advancing its onset and heat waves put the opening of cocoons at risk.

This annual event, which dyes the entire country white and pink, traditionally occurred between the end of March – in the south of Japan – and the beginning of April – in the center – and even May – in the far north -, but the record temperatures They are advancing the beginning of flowering to February.

The average date when cherry trees begin to bloom has moved forward 1.2 days per decade since 1953as explained in a press conference by Daisuke Sasano, climate risk management official at the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).

Between 1961 and 1990, the average flowering date for Tokyo was March 29, while between 1991 and 2020, this figure has moved forward five days to March 24, notes the JMA expert.