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In Japan, the Meteorological Agency sends out the prognosis of cherry blossoms over Japan. Today, most of cherry trees are one sort $B!H(BSomei Yoshino$B!I(B. This sort is a product of the artificial crossing that can be multiplied by the cloning therefore Japan is covered by one and same cherry tree so that the weather observation and forecast are directly related to the cherry blossoms$B!G(B forecasts. I would rather appreciate if those forecasts were made by the local people.
The cherry blossom season in Tokyo is over. I think it is only the Japanese people to enjoy cherry blossoms and feast under cherry blossoms as a national event/festival. Easter, Halloween, Xmas and Chinese New Year are also very nation wide but these are motivated by the social structure not just by being simply happy with blossoms. Japanese have had this culture long. There was a historically well documented cherry blossoms feast in 1594 at Yoshino held by $B!H(BTaiko Hideyoshi$B!I(B. It was just in the middle of a war, 1592-98, Hideyosi led trying to conquer Korea. No wonder Korean people consider Hideyoshi as a devilish person. See fig. This period in Europe, the Ottoman Empire, its Topikapi Sarayi is famous, ruled most of the Mediterranean area. Portuguese and Spanish were pressed out to the west of the Atlantic by the Ottoman$B!G(Bs pressure. The Central and South America were chopped to pieces. Portuguese with guns as souvenirs reached Japan in 1543.
2009 04 05, as if well-timed to Tokyo$B!G(Bs cherry blossoms, North Korea sent their satellite-sending rocket. The trajectory was crossing over our head. There was a risk that the debris or the rocket itself might hit us. It irritated and hurt Japanese pride. Many politicians, journalists and reviewers of Japan made a great fuss referring to a sheet of illegible photo picture and to very thin scientific fact. Today, rhododendron flowers are in full bloom, every thing is forgotten.
In fact there were such cases. The peaceful south pacific islands with peaceful people were repeatedly used for the experimental sites of the atomic-bomb and H-bomb explosions.
So many people aim cherry blossoms with beautiful fine cameras with big expensive telephoto lenses. Very peaceful. Very lucky they do not aim with bazookas.