It was established in 1974 as a picture catalog specializing in women from Asia.
Consider that in 1850, the average flowering date was around April 17; now, it’s closer to April 6.
The bloom dates have advanced as March temperatures in Kyoto have rapidly risen.
Yasuyuki Aono, a professor of environmental sciences at Osaka Prefecture University, has assembled a data set that compiles blossom-flowering dates in Kyoto all the way back to 800 A. It shows a sudden and remarkable change in the past 150 to 200 years.
From roughly 800 to 1850, the blossom flowering time was fairly stable.
Cherry Blossoms is the oldest, what we now call Social Networking company, as it relates to dating, love and marriage.