Start of cherry blossom season declared in Tokyo

National Mar 21, 2019

Start of cherry blossom season declared in Tokyo

The cherry blossom season officially arrived in Tokyo on Thursday after officials from the Meteorological Agency confirmed that more than five blossoms had opened on a Somei-Yoshino cherry tree at Yasukuni Shrine in Chiyoda Ward. Most Somei Yoshino cherry trees in Tokyo are now expected ...

The art and science of Japan's cherry blossom forecast

National Feb 11, 2019

The art and science of Japan's cherry blossom forecast

As spring approaches, the country's weather forecasters face one of their biggest missions of the year: predicting exactly when the famed cherry blossoms will bloom. The nation's sakura (cherry blossom) season is feverishly anticipated by locals and visitors alike. Many tourists plan their entire trips ...

False quake alarm gives Tokyoites a midnight scare

National Oct 4, 2018

False quake alarm gives Tokyoites a midnight scare

by Magdalena Osumi

Brace yourself, a strong quake is coming. This dramatic emergency message sent to smartphones and loudspeakers caused a brief panic after midnight Wednesday in Tokyo and neighboring prefectures, with many taking to social media to express their confusion over whether or not to get ready ...