Japanese Officials Apologize March 15, 2007Posted by David in Japan.
The cherry-blossoms will bloom three days later than originally forecasted by Japan’s Meteorological Agency.
According to a 14-03-2007 story in the BBC News, “predicting when the cherry blossoms will bloom is one of the Meteorological Agency’s most closely-watched tasks and this year they got it badly wrong.”
“We have disturbed those who relied on our information,” they said, “and we apologise deeply.”
I won’t really get into the details, but one of the things I really find interesting about Japan and its culture in general are things like this fascination with the little pink flowers.
I understand “the appeal of the cherry blossom is said to be that the flowers remind people that life is short and should be enjoyed”, but I just don’t think it’s a big deal.
Maybe it’s just the Western part of me talking, but you would never see such a big fuss made by Canadians if the Maple Syrup season was ever delayed by a few days or so.
However, the article does mention the season “is also an excuse for a party. Salarymen and office ladies, as they are known here, get drunk under the trees each night until the blossoms fall.”
Okay, I guess I’m starting to understand.