Tuesday, February 16, 2010

cherry blossom forecasts

All the cherry blossom forecasts of weather information companies had been issued by yesterday. According to their forecasts, cherry trees in most areas are expected to bloom three or four days earlier than usual. In Tokyo, the trees are expected to bloom on March 23 or 25.
Meanwhile, The Japan Meteorological Agency withdrew from its cherry blossom forecast started in 1955 this year. Because private weather information providers have come to issue highly accurate cherry blossom forecasts. They predict the best time to view cherry blossoms in major viewing spots.

Totally aside from this, I enjoyed to see the figure skating pairs competition in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games after so long. Japanese TV stations broadcast only men's and women's figure skating competition at most skating events. As more Japanese strong male and female skaters increased, airtime of pair skating and ice dancing decreased.
I used to watch pair skating and ice dance on television. Hongbo Zhao(趙 宏博) and Shen Xue(申 雪) participated in the NHK Trophy from 1997 to 2002 and lifted the audience. So old figure skating fans gave warm applause to their performance as if they were national players. I guess figure skating fans in Japan miss watching superior performances.

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