This Year’s Cherry Blossom Forecast


Yep, now that everyone’s hopes of an early spring have been crushed by the blooming plum trees getting their inevitable smothering in snow, it’s that time of year when the crystal ball gazers step in to predict the arrival of cherry blossom season.

This is serious business in Japan. All over the country, precious time off from work has already been booked for a few splendiferously pink days away, and the family is not going to be pleased if they’re paying mega-premium rates for hotels and train tix, just to see bare branches.

This year, it looks like it’ll be the conservative bettors who will be swanning around in a cloud of smug, at least in the Tokyo region. Barring any rogue polar vortexes, the buds are predicted to pop on the Monday AFTER the last weekend in March, and BEFORE the first weekend in April, thus disappointing those who were counting on global warming to deliver an early win.


You thought you’d seen the worst of it but…SURPRISE.

Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, now out for the first time in paperback. Nightshade is the one set during cherry blossom season

More Nightshade book goodness here, in case you think you might want to, you know, read it or something

A young woman is found dead in an abandoned car, with a pair of strangers old enough to be her parents. Their suicide note apologizes for a disaster that hasn’t yet happened. And someone is stalking the…Read more

…or watch the book trailer! (0:52)