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Climate change threatens sakura, sushi and sake

Cherry blossom's early arrival should alert Japan to need for green measures

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Kyoto is witnessing sakura at dates not often seen in 1,200 years of record keeping.   © Reuters

While Japan is known for preserving ancient customs, climate change poses a threat to some of its cultural legacies. The clearest sign of change due to warming temperatures, despite the recent snow flurries in Tokyo, is in cherry blossom viewing, or hanami, a tradition stretching back centuries.

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