This winter has been much warmer than normal across Japan resulting in a relatively low snow pack for the country and possibly leading to a shorter than normal ski/snowboard season.
This is also being reflect for those looking forward to spring and the cherry blossoms. Specifically the Somei Yoshino which bloom in late March to early April. The record earliest bloom is March 16th for Tokyo, this year it does not look like that record will be broken but it could come close with the current forecast for the first bloom in the city occurring on Monday the 21st of March.
Curious why the cherry blossoms are so popular? Check out this video I made below.
In January a most of the plum blossoms bloomed exceptionally early as well.