Japan's Famous Cherry Blossom Trees Have Unexpectedly Bloomed In Autumn
Good news to anyone travelling to Japan this month!
The famed cherry blossom trees, which draws in tourists from all over the world in the spring, has unexpectedly bloomed in autumn.
A tree doctor at the Flower Association of Japan explained that the surprise bloom could be due to unusual weather patterns in Japan in the past year
Hiroyuki Wada told public broadcaster NHK that violent storms had stripped trees of their leaves, which usually release a chemical that inhibits blooming before spring.
A series of unusually warm days after the active typhoons could also have confused the plants into flowering.
"This has happened in the past, but I don't remember seeing something of this scale," he said.
For those with plans to visit Japan for the cherry blossoms next spring, fret not.
According to Wada, this unexpected flowering should not affect its regularly scheduled bloom.
"The buds that opened now won't blossom in the coming spring," he explained.
However, Wada added that, "I don't think it will affect cherry blossom viewing (next year)," he told NHK.