Tokyo was rainy and cold on the first day sakura cherry blossoms officially began blooming in the nation’s capital, according to the Meteorological Agency, with the peak timing for flower-viewing predicted to come in a week to 10 days.

On Tuesday morning, agency officials found five flowers on a someiyoshino tree in Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward. This met the agency’s conditions for declaring the start of the someiyoshino blooming season. The cherry variety is the most common and popular in Japan.

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