In Southern Japan (Okinawa), the cherry trees may bloom as early as January. In Hokkaido, it is typically mid-May when the cherry blossoms open. Cherry blossom season is short, with full bloom happening about a week after the first blossoms open. A week after full bloom the blossoms are gone, sooner with wind and rain.
We had planned to picnic at the park yesterday, but the wind and cool temperatures had us eating indoors before going out to enjoy the view of the flowers. We saw some beautiful tulips and daffodils and other spring flowers along the way to the park. With winter and snow lasting so long, the spring flowers are a welcome sight for everyone.
There is still snow in some sheltered areas even though it is mid-May, but it's almost gone. Really!