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Cherry blossoms burst into bloom across Tokyo

People look at blooming cherry blossoms in Tokyo on Sunday. (Reuters photo)

TOKYO - Cherry trees reached full bloom in central Tokyo on Sunday, a day earlier than normal but two days later than last year, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The weather agency said about 80% of the ubiquitous someiyoshino variety cherry trees at Yasukuni Shrine in central Tokyo were in bloom on Sunday morning.

The cherry blossoms' spectacular arrival had been delayed due to a cold snap in mid- to late-March but will be at their best during this week. The trees will come into full bloom in wide areas of eastern and western Japan, according to a forecast by commercial weather services.

In northern Japan, flowering will begin in early April in Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures while other northeastern prefectures will have to wait until mid-April. Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island, will see blooming between late April and early May, according to the forecast.

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