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Cherry blossoms in Kyoto, Japan have at their earliest date in 600 years. Researchers from Osaka University blossoms in the city of Kyoto on the 26th of March. The previous record for Kyoto was in 1409, when the season its peak on the 27th of March. Data on cherry blossoms blooming in Kyoto back 1,200 years. As far back as the year 812, officials at Japan's imperial court in Kyoto details on the blooms in documents and diaries. Japan much warmer weather in the first few months of this year. Meteorologists say this because of climate change. They say many plants are and blossoming earlier than normal because of global warming.

Cherry blossoms an important part of Japanese culture. People a close eye on the news of blossoming times from forecasts by the Japanese Meteorological Agency. The blossoms are "sakura" in Japan. Many people trips to famous cherry blossom areas and spend hours picnics under the sakura. The cherry blossoms also provide Japan with an important economic boost each spring. People come from all over the world to them. Japan's Mainichi newspaper the importance of sakura. It wrote: "Sakura has deeply influenced Japanese culture for centuries. It has regularly been in poetry and literature. Their fragility is as a symbol of life, death and rebirth."

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