Of course, Sapporo will have to wait another 5? weeks for blossoms.
So many people say to me: "Is there cherry blossom in England?"
The answer is: Yes, there are cherry trees in parks and gardens. But - no - there are no special festivals or parties outside to celebrate the flowers. Some cities with Japanese communities - such as Vancouver or Washington, will have O-Hanami Festivals. But it isn't a local tradition.
This week on Facebook friends around the world have been posting photographs of cherry trees in their cities. Here are just a few.