A Somei-Yoshino cherry tree being monitored in Kochi reached full bloom on Monday, the Metrological Agency said.

The tree, on the premises of Kochi Castle in Shikoku, started flowering on Thursday, becoming the earliest to do so of all the cherry trees under observation this spring. It also holds the record for earliest Somei-Yoshino tree to reach full bloom since the survey began in 1953, beating the old record by two days.

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