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 4, 2013
karuta competition and ceremony
The annual karuta competition to decide the male and female champions in Japan will be held at Omi Jingu Shrine(近江神宮) in Shiga Prefecture on January 5th. From 10:30 a.m.(Japan time), the event will be broadcast live on the Net.
http://live.nicovideo.jp/watch/lv119476513 (Japanese version only)
(In order to use this video site, you must have a login account at this site.)
The competition is called Kyogi Karuta and played by the rule established by All-Japan Karuta Association. Karuta is a Japanese card game, but Kyogi Karuta is a kind of sports. Karuta players take the card at lightning speed.
This competition uses one hundred waka poem cards based on Ogura Hyakunin-isshu which is a famous poetry anthology selected by Fujiwarano Teika in the Heian period.