Tokyoites Brave Rain to View Cherry Blossoms in Full Bloom

The Yomiuri Shimbun
People adore cherry blossoms by Meguro River in Meguro Ward, Tokyo, on Wednesday.

People brave drizzling rain to admire rows of cherry trees in full bloom along the Meguro River in Meguro Ward, Tokyo, on Thursday. The Meteorological Agency said cherry trees of the Someiyoshino variety reached full bloom in Tokyo on Wednesday, the second-earliest day on record and nine days earlier than an average year. Miu Kunieda, 22, of Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, came to the famous cherry blossom-viewing spot formally dressed in kimono with hakama trousers prior to attending her university’s graduation ceremony. “It’s a shame about the weather, but it’s clear in my heart because I could appreciate the beautiful cherry blossoms,” Kunieda said.