Cherry Blossoms Now Expected to Hit Peak Bloom on March 27

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The National Park Service announced Monday afternoon that it is pushing back the peak bloom date from the March 17-to-20 window to March 27 to 31 due to colder-than-expected temperatures.

TOKYO MIDTOWN BLOSSOM 2018: March 16-April 15; 150 cherry trees are in bloom and can be viewed at an open-air terrace of Tokyo Midtown Garden; illuminated between 5-11 p.m.; Roppongi Station on Hibiya Line or three-minute walk from Nogizaka Station on Chiyoda Line; 03-3475-3100; www.tokyo-midtown.com/en. But a chilly and windy opening to the current month has slowed the emergence of the trees' pinkish-white petals by more than a week.

BUNKYO CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL: March 24-April 8; 120 cherry trees on Harimazaka slope in bloom; seven-minute walk from Myogadani Station on Marunouch Line; 03-5803-1941.

Those delicate pink flowers will likely reach full bloom in five to 10 days, and will be in near full bloom by this weekend, according to UW arborist Sara Shores. Once the florets appear, it takes about another two weeks until the trees achieve peak bloom. But the agency has not yet issued an update that the florets that turn into the famous blossoms have emerged yet.

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