cherry blossom forecast:
https://weathernews.jp/s/topics/201801/170075/ (Japanese version only)
https://tenki.jp/sakura/expectation/(Japanese version only)
http://sakura.weathermap.jp/ (Japanese version only)
when and where to see cherry blossoms (Japanese version only):
Friday, January 14, 2011
This year's theme was "葉(ha: the leaf)" and next year's theme is "岸(kishi: the shore)".
Ceremony of the Utakai Hajime(The Imperial Household Agency)
This confection is named Oimatu(老松: old pine). Pines have been reagarded as a sacred tree and a symbol of longevity in Japan since ancient times. Old pines are stately.