BLOOMING DATES OF THE CHERRY BLOSSOMS AT KYOTO Phenological data on the time of blooming of the cherry blossoms at Kyoto (35"N, 136"E), the capital of Japan until 1868, have been kept for a period extending to the distant past, as the Emperor or Governor used to hold a party under the blossoms in full bloom. The time of blooming is a good indicator of a ' late ' (cold) or ' early ' (warm) spring. The date of blooming is a function of temperature, not for any one day, but for many days. It is evident that the blooming dates give a fairly accurate record of spring mildness in the vicinity. Some of the old records leave the reader in doubt as to whether the reference is to Prunus yedoensis, Prunus serrulata, or Prunus subhirtella, and as to whether the reference is to efflorescent date, date of best development, or some other stage. Nevertheless, there remains such a large number of certain records of blooming dates that the epochs of climatic changes are clearly manifest. Sequences of blooming have been given in chronological order elsewhere (Taguchi 1939, Arakawa 1955, 1956a), after thorough re-study of the existing material.
Weather – Wiley
Published: Feb 1, 1957
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