In the southwestern prefecture of Kyushu, the first Cherry Blossoms of Nagasaki are blooming. The Japan Meteorological Agency reported that the Somei Yoshino type of Sakura has sprouted, with the first flowers springing their petals into life.nThe Somei Yoshino Cherry Trees are generally white or pale pink in colour. They grow in clusters of about 5 or 6 petals and exist all over Japan.nIf youre interested in our FAQs Section, you can check our page on Life in Japan or our dedicated Exploring Japan post.nnnnn Photo Source: KyodoDepartment Officials stated that they confirmed the bloom via their observatory in central Nagasaki. The bloom is four days earlier than normal, but 3 days later than last year.nThe last year or so has been warmer than average weather patterns. As a result, this means the Cherry Blossoms are also blooming ahead of schedule. It is expected they will reach full bloom in the next 7 to 10 days.nAs an example, the agency reported the average weather in Nagasaki was around 11 degrees or 2 higher than average. Similarly, they said that early March is also higher at around 2 degrees higher than normal weather patterns.nThey Meteorological Agency has also forecast Tokyo to start blooming from March 22 this year, which is earlier than usual. They also attribute this to the warmer than normal weather over the past 12 months.nCherry Blossom GuidesnFeel free to check out our Top 10 Cherry Blossom Spot guides too. You can explore Japans capital of Tokyo or Traditional Capital of Kyoto. Alternatively, you may want to brush up on your Japanese with our Cherry Blossom Vocabulary post.nIf youre planning your travels in Japan, we invite you to join our rapidly expanding Travel in Japan Discussion Group via facebook.nYou can also catch up on all our latest articles and photos via our Facebook and Instagram pages.