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):
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Funatogyo on the Sumida River
On the evening of the 17th, the parishioners carried three mikoshi(portable shrines) to Senso-ji Temple(浅草寺) after the three divine spirits of the shrine were moved to mikoshi. The three deities will stay overnight at the temple with Kannon(Buddhist deity of mercy) enshrined in Senso-ji.
Around 10 a.m. on the 18th, three mikoshi placed on the floats will start to parade through the shrine's parish district and will arrive at the pieraround 0:30 p.m.
Boats carrying three mikoshi will go up and down the Sumida River from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Around 5:40 p.m., mikoshi will be placed in front of Kaminarimon.
The parishioners will start to carry them to the shrine around 6 p.m.
In the Edo Period, this event was held jointly by Asakusa Shrine and Senso-ji Temple. This event was discontinued because of the Ordinance Distinguishing Shinto and Buddhism(神仏判然令) in 1868.
This event was held only once in 1958.
Sanja Matsuri will be held from May 18th to 20th.
The 18th day of every month is a day believed to have a special relation with Kannon.